Members of the Regina Police Service attend a call for service at F.W. Johnson High School on Tuesday afternoon. TROY FLEECE / Regina Leader-Post
F.W. Johnson Collegiate was under secure-the-building mode Tuesday afternoon as police investigate shots fired at a vehicle in an area near the school.
A Regina Public Schools spokesman said late Tuesday afternoon that students from Johnson as well as nearby Catholic and public elementary schools were being released in a controlled fashion under police supervision. Parents were notified of how students would be let out of the schools.
The shooting did not happen on school property, but three males (whose ages were not specified by police) reported the incident in the area of Dewdney Avenue East and Cavendish Street.
The three males told police they noticed they were being followed by another vehicle. The complainants said the driver of the second vehicle, who was the lone occupant of the car, fired a gun and struck their vehicle.
According to police, “The victims fled to a neighbouring high school,” which prompted the security protocol at Johnson at about 1:20 p.m. Tuesday.
Police are looking for a vehicle described as a blue, mid-2000s Dodge Neon or similar compact vehicle. The driver is described as a male in his early 20s with a full tattoo sleeve on his left arm. He also had a black bandana on the same arm.
Secure-the-building is a situation when all of a school’s outside doors are locked. Each door is to be monitored by designated school staff until the mode is lifted. Entry and exit is at front doors only and monitored by police and school administration. Regular interior school activities continue.
Regina police are looking for someone who reportedly shot a car, sending its occupants fleeing to a local high school and prompting the building to be secured.
Officers were called to an area east of Dewdney Avenue and Cavendish Street around 1:20 p.m. CST Tuesday, according to a news release. They were told three males in a vehicle noticed they were being followed by a man in a car.
The driver of the second vehicle, described as a blue mid-2000s Dodge Neon or similar compact car, reportedly shot at and hit the other vehicle.
The three people fled to a nearby high school, police said, and that school was placed into "Secure-the-Building" mode. Regina Public Schools confirmed the school was FW Johnson Collegiate.
In a Secure-the-Building situation, all exterior doors are locked and monitored by designated school staff until the status is lifted.
Police are still searching for the driver of the second car. He is described as being in his early 20s, with a full tattoo sleeve and a black bandana on his left arm.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Regina Police Service or Crime Stoppers.