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 placed in secure-the-building mode after report of nearby shooting
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.
The three men in the first vehicle fled to the neighbouring high school, which led to F.W. Johnson Collegiate being placed in secure-the-building mode, police say.
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.
A blue Dodge vehicle was involved in a collision that same afternoon at the corner of McDonald Street and 18th Avenue E. After striking a red car that was heading northbound on McDonald Street, the driver of the blue Dodge, which appeared to run a stop sign heading west 18th Avenue, got out and immediately began running from the scene.
Police say they are searching for a vehicle described as a mid-2000s Dodge Neon or similar compact vehicle.
Lindy Weaver, who lives directly across from the scene on McDonald Street, heard the collision. Her home’s surveillance camera also captured it on video. The Leader-Post reviewed the video and witnessed a man in a red hoodie running roughly eastbound just seconds after the crash. The video is timestamped 3:34 p.m.
F.W. Johnson Collegiate has been in secure-the-building mode following reports of a nearby shooting.
Police swarmed the area, with K9 units and an officer with a carbine spotted on scene. They launched what appeared to be a pursuit that headed eastbound to the east side of Park Avenue.
Weaver said she ran out immediately after hearing the crash and saw a “shaken” woman who had been driving the red vehicle. The woman was able to walk to an ambulance under her own power and was taken away, according to Weaver.
“I just came in my bare feet to call 9-1-1, because I didn’t know what had happened or who was harmed,” she said.
The damaged blue Dodge, a model SX20, was still on the scene after 4:30 p.m. Firefighters were present as a tow truck arrived to clear it away, leaving scattered debris.
Staff Sgt. Darrell Mosiondz of the Regina Police Service said police are still trying to connect the two incidents, but have not yet been able to “positively link” them.
Its suspicious, but right now we cant link it because we dont have a plate number from the original incident, he said.
Mosiondz said the suspect was able to evade police despite the efforts they devoted to apprehending him.
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.