Police say active shooter report at Virginia school was a prank call

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HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WWBT) — Police in central Virginia say they found no signs of an active shooter after a report of a shooting at Moody Middle School in Henrico County.

Just after noon on Monday, Henrico County police advised people to avoid the area of the 7800 block of Woodman Rd. due to a report of an active shooter in the area.

That's in the area of Moody Middle School in Henrico County.

By around 12:30 p.m., the department posted an update, saying they found no reported injuries at the scene.

According to Henrico County police, they got a call via text to 911 about an active shooter in the area and responded to the scene, but have found no evidence of any injuries.

Henrico Public Schools also said “all students are safe, and there is no indication any students are hurt.”

Students remained in their classrooms while police cleared the school door-by-door to ensure everyone's safety.

Police completed their search just before 1:30 p.m. and found no evidence of a shooting.

"There is no evidence of an actual active shooter, and no evidence that our students are in harm’s way,” Henrico County Schools said in a release.

According to Henrico police, they have identified a person of interest while investigating the source of the text message to 911 but continue to investigate.

They said they'll continue to provide updates on the investigation as they become available.

Parents were directed to North Run Baptist Church for information during the course of police response to the school.

Here is a statement from Henrico Schools issued during the initial response to the school:

This is Andy Jenks writing and calling the Moody Middle School community on behalf of your principal, Denise Doss.

All students are safe, and there is no indication any students are hurt.

What has happened, is that Henrico Police received a “911 text message” about an active shooter.

However, at this time, there is no evidence of an actual active shooter, and no evidence that our students are in harm’s way. The source of this 911 text message is still being investigated.

There is a heavy police presence at the school, and officers are searching the school door to door.

The students are in their classrooms while police complete their search.

Stay close to your phone and email for more updates as we get them.