JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. — Residents were told to shelter in place and several schools went on lockout on Friday morning after multiple shots were fired, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office said.
The sheriff’s office received multiple calls about 6:30 a.m. in the area of West Ken Caryl Avenue and C-470, the sheriff’s office said.
Detectives were able to confirm multiple shots were fired after receiving video from a witness.
The video was shot at an apartment complex behind a Safeway store. There were no reports of any injuries.
Just before 11 a.m., the shelter in place order was lifted.
Detectives said they are looking for a person in a silver passenger vehicle. It provided no other description.
Several law enforcement officers were in the area. Ken Caryl Avenue was closed between C-470 and Alkire Street, and Shaffer Parkway was closed for the investigation.
Employees and customers inside businesses at a shopping center on the south side of Ken Caryl were put on lockdown.
“Just a wild morning,” said Zach Hamlin, the general manager at a Jimmie John’s that was surrounded by law enforcement officers.
He recorded video on Snapchat of a tactical team walking by the restaurant and was then told to stay in the back of the restaurant and away from windows.
“I was in for a long time, just watching cops circle and search the dumpster, (and) cars that were out there,” Hamlin said.
Meanwhile, neighbors in surrounded apartment complexes couldn’t believe what they were seeing.
“I was frightened earlier when I first heard it,” said Eileen Buchanan, who ventured out about 9:45 with her dog Milly.
“It’s sad that this is the state of affairs right now,” said Buchanan.
Ken Caryl Avenue reopened just before 11 a.m. but Shaffer Parkway remained closed.
At 8:15 a.m., all Jefferson County Schools south of Highway 285 were placed on lockout. At 9:45 a.m., all lockouts were lifted except at Ute Meadows Elementary School and Chatfield High School.
Ute Meadows and Chatfield had lockout orders dropped just after 11:30 a.m.