ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Several New Mexico schools received hoax shooting calls Thursday afternoon. Volcano Vista High School, Bernalillo High School, Rio Rancho High School and Santa Fe High School all received similar calls about a shooting on campus.
The Albuquerque Police Department responded to Volcano Vista High School Thursday afternoon, after reports of a shooting at the school. According to APD, they got a call from an out-of-state number about a possible shooting. Later, APD stated the call was a hoax.
APD says officers contacted school officials and responded to the school and there were no injuries or evidence of a shooting. Volcano Vista High School, Tierra Antigua Elementary School, and Tony Hillerman Middle School were under a shelter-in-place order while police responded to the incident.
According to a tweet from Albuquerque Public Schools, police in several states investigated similar threats of school shootings Thursday.
The FBI says they are in contact with law enforcement regarding these suspected hoax threats. Anyone with information about them is asked to call 1-800-CALL-FBI. The FBI also wants to remind the public that making a hoax threat carries heavy federal penalties and will be thoroughly investigated.
Bernalillo Schools Issues the following statement:
At approximately 1240 pm, Sandoval county regional dispatch received a call stating that there were shots fired in the BHS cafeteria and a gunman in the restroom.
BHS went immediately into lockdown.
Multiple agencies responded.
Out of an abundance of caution, all district schools instituted shelter-in-place.
Law enforcement determined that this was a hoax.
No students have been injured.
All clear was been given by law enforcement.