"Shots fired" sends Richmond High into lockdown

"Shots fired" sends Richmond High into lockdown
Reports of shots fired brought police to Richmond High School Monday afternoon. Photos/ Linda Hemmila

Updated January 10, 2024, 4:40 p.m.

Richmond High School was locked down Monday afternoon after multiple shots were fired during an after-school "brawl" that took place in front of the school parking lot according to the Oil Leak, Richmond High School's student-run newspaper.

San Pablo police confirmed that at 3:55 Monday they responded to a call of shots fired in front of Richmond High School where a fight had broken out between juveniles who were possibly students.

In an email message to families, Principal Rocio Reyes said San Pablo PD would investigate the incident and there would be extra safety personnel at Richmond High's campus on Tuesday.

Just after 4 p.m. Monday, journalism teacher Lorenzo Morotti posted on X that a lockdown at the school had been announced during a staff meeting following the incident.

Police from both Richmond and San Pablo responded along with a Richmond Fire Department ambulance, and yellow crime tape was visible marking off a scene as a crowd gathered along both sides of 23rd Street.

Following the incident, traffic was at a standstill on 23rd Street and many of the side streets as cars maneuvered to get by as police continued to investigate the scene.

The investigation is ongoing, and there were no reported injuries.

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