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UPDATED: Shot fired at Heritage High School with investigation ongoing

Suspect who fired the gun is in custody and being interviewed

 

**UPDATE 11/21/2018**

It is now unclear, after further investigation by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, whether the suspect actually fired the weapon on campus, if at all.

There has been no further comment by the Evergreen Public Schools with regard to the possible student status of the young male suspect.

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VANCOUVER — Heritage High School is out of lock down this afternoon, after one shot was fired on the outskirts of the premises.

Members of the Clark County Sheriff’s Department are still present, but students have been allowed to exit the campus and be picked up by parents or depart on buses.

Clark County Sheriff’s Office patrol cars line the front of Heritage High School, after a single shot was fired on the premises this afternoon. Photo by Jacob Granneman
Clark County Sheriff’s Office patrol cars line the front of Heritage High School, after a single shot was fired on the premises this afternoon. Photo by Jacob Granneman

The individual who fired the gun is now in custody, according to Commander Duncan Hoss, with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. Whether or not the suspect is a student, has not been made known at this time, but it has been confirmed that the suspect was not in attendance at Heritage today.

“The subject who discharged the firearm was known to the people that reported it,” Hoss said. “They have that information to the deputies. We immediately scrambled all the resources we had in the area.”

Heritage High School is out of lock down this afternoon, after one shot was fired on the outskirts of campus. Photo by Jacob Granneman
Heritage High School is out of lock down this afternoon, after one shot was fired on the outskirts of campus. Photo by Jacob Granneman

Initial reports indicated the suspect had left the school, and the school was put on lockdown. No one was injured, and the suspect is assumed to have fired the gun into the ground, Hoss said.

In addition to Heritage, three elementary schools and one middle school in the area were also put on modified lockdown, according to Gail Spolar, of communications and community engagement for Evergreen Public Schools.

Spolar said that students in the Evergreen School District practice and are familiar with a wide variety of drills, including active shooter scenarios.

“The kids know what to do,” she said.

Below is a letter from the principal of Heritage to families and community members:

Dear Heritage Families:

I want to make you aware of a lockout incident at our school today.

Our campus was temporarily placed in lockout by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office due to a report of an incident in the area.  

The lockout was in place for about 45 minutes and was lifted as soon as we were given clearance by law enforcement.

Our students were safe and never in danger. The lockout was a precautionary measure by our local law enforcement and school personnel.

Please know we take these situations very seriously, and the safety of our students is always our top priority.

Derek Garrison, Heritage High School Principal

This report will be updated as more information becomes available.

Clark County Sheriff’s Office Deputies guard the entrance to Heritage High School. The school was placed under lockdown this afternoon after a suspect fired a gun into the ground. Photo by Jacob Granneman
Clark County Sheriff’s Office Deputies guard the entrance to Heritage High School. The school was placed under lockdown this afternoon after a suspect fired a gun into the ground. Photo by Jacob Granneman
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Jacob Granneman is a filmmaker and writer from Clark County. He is a recent graduate of Washington State University’s Edward R. Murrow College, where he studied media production. He has produced documentary stories all over the Pacific Northwest and in Argentina. His passions range from loving people, to cinematography, to going on adventures in the most beautiful place on earth, i.e. his backyard. He lives with his wife in Vancouver, WA.

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