High school locked down after suicide near campus
Grand Junction High School found itself under lockdown for brief period Friday morning, after a man killed himself with a gun in a parking lot just blocks from the school.
A report of “shots fired” prompted an advisory by a school resource officer to go into lockdown mode at the high school, and students and staff were restricted in their movements until law enforcement could clear the scene nearby some time later.
The incident did not involve any students or staff at the high school, according to officials.
Emergency responders centered on the parking lot of the Alano Club, 404 Glenwood Ave., a place where regular meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous are held. A jeep with an open door was cordoned off with police tape at the scene.
A police spokesperson said a man died of a gunshot wound at the scene.
Classes had already begun for the day at the school, but the area is well-traveled by students at various times of the day.
School District 51 director of safety, security and transportation Tim Leon said that he was not aware of any students or staff that witnessed the shooting. No counseling services were provided to anyone affiliated with the high school, Leon said.
Another incident prompted a closure at Dos Rios Elementary School, 265 Linden Ave., later in the day. The school was transitioned to shelter in place status after being on lockdown for a man who was harassing a staff member at the school.
The suspect was not at the school, however he was contacting the staff member by phone and the school felt his actions were threatening. The lockdown was done as a precaution to ensure the students and staff remained safe, school officials said.