GLENDALE, Ariz.—Two teens were shot Friday at a high school in the Phoenix suburb of Glendale but the danger at the campus was over, police said, as worried parents crowded stores nearby to await word on their children.
Glendale Officer Tracey Breeden did not disclose the conditions of the teens shot at Independence High School and said she did not know whether they are students.
She did not say who fired the shots but that there is no active shooter. A lockdown was still in place after police and fire units descended on the school in a residential area.
“People need to know this is not a situation that is evolving. It has been stabilized and students are not in danger,” Breeden told reporters.
No one can leave or enter the campus of more than 2,000 students until police ensure the school’s safety and lift the lockdown, Glendale Union High School District said in a statement on its website.
Worried parents packed a nearby Walmart parking lot, and dozens of others gathered at a convenience store.
Cheryl Rice said she went to the store after a friend called about the shooting and asked after Rice’s 15-year-old daughter.
“Oh my God, it could be my daughter,” Rice recalled thinking.
But the girl called as Rice arrived at the store.
“She said, ‘I’m OK,’ so I of course started crying,” Rice said.
She said it was horrible waiting for word about her child.
“You don’t know if it’s your daughter or not. You don’t know who’s being bullied. You don’t know who is being picked on. You don’t know anything. It could be anybody,” Rice said.
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey tweeted his sympathies, saying, “Our prayers are with the students, educators & families at Independence High School & all the first responders on the scene.”