Davenport school lockdowns lifted after being issued for report of person with rifle nearby

Staging area near N. Zenith Street. WQAD photo. 9-14-16

Staging area near N. Zenith Street. WQAD photo. 9-14-16

DAVENPORT, Iowa — The lockdowns issued at two Davenport schools have been lifted.

On Wednesday morning, September 14, 2016 someone with a rifle was reportedly spotted near the campus of Davenport West High School, according to Dawn Saul with the Davenport Community School District.  In response, police requested that the school be put on lockdown.

WQAD photo. Officers near N. Zenith Avenue in Davenport

WQAD photo. Officers near N. Zenith Avenue in Davenport

Due to its close proximity, Davenport school leaders decided to place nearby Wilson Elementary School on lockdown as well, Saul said.  She added that the district chose to “err on the side of caution” for the protection of their students.

Saul said parents were notified at 9:03 a.m.

Around 9:45 a.m., Davenport Police were staged near Locust and N. Fairmount Streets.  Shortly after 10 a.m., police were spotted with a K9 near N. Zenith Avenue and Hidden Valley Circle.

The lockdowns at both schools were lifted around 10:25 a.m.  Saul said they were lifted “at the direction of the Davenport Police Department.”

There has not been any word from police on the situation at this point.

Staging area near Fairmount Street in Davenport. WQAD photo, 9-14-16

Staging area near Fairmount Street in Davenport. WQAD photo, 9-14-16