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Report of driver with gun prompted PHS lockdown

The Daily Courier/Jo.L.Keener 
Prescott police move south on Division Street Thursday afternoon as officers searched for a white car allegedly occupied by 
persons with a handgun. The location of the search is at the 
rear of Prescott High School.

The Daily Courier/Jo.L.Keener Prescott police move south on Division Street Thursday afternoon as officers searched for a white car allegedly occupied by persons with a handgun. The location of the search is at the rear of Prescott High School.

PRESCOTT - Authorities put Prescott High School in a modified lockdown from 12:05 to 1:50 p.m. Thursday because of a report that people in a vehicle near the school may have had guns, police said.

"Several students were returning back from lunch and they saw four subjects in a white, four-door car (near Division and Ainsworth streets), two of whom might have had guns," said Andy Reinhardt, spokesperson for the Prescott Police Department.

Those students told an adult, and the school contacted police, Reinhardt said. However, by the time police arrived at the campus, they could not find the vehicle.

Authorities released the school from lockdown mode after they cleared the area. Reinhardt said that in a modified lockdown, the school locks all its exterior doors, but people are free to come and go within the building and campus.

Law enforcement will increase its presence at PHS in upcoming days, he continued.

"That's wonderful. I'm absolutely ecstatic. I trust the Prescott Police Department," said PHS Principal Totsy McCraley about the police department's extra security.

McCraley said her staff and students did a great job in handling the modified lockdown.

"(The students) stayed in the classroom. They were well-behaved. Teachers were able to continue instruction," she said, adding that the school practices lockdown drills.

Reinhardt said detectives are following up on leads.

"The police are asking everyone to be aware of their surroundings and notify police (of suspicious activity)," Reinhardt said.

Contact the reporter at slopatin@prescottaz.com