Police: ‘Active shooter’ call at Moody Middle School was false report; person of interest identified

Henrico County

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Henrico Police says there are no injuries or evidence of any shots fired after dozens of officers responded to a reported ‘active shooter’ at Moody Middle School Monday afternoon.

The department posted to social media shortly after 12 p.m. asking the public to avoid the area near the 7800 block of Woodman Road after they received a 9-1-1 text alerting them to a reported active shooter at the school.

The school was placed on lockdown while investigators methodically searched the school. Meanwhile, school officials assured parents that there was no evidence of students even being in danger.

Henrico Police have completed their search. The school is considered safe. Classroom instruction will continue in ‘lock and teach’ until the normal end of the school day. Students who use bus transportation can still ride the bus home as they normally would.

The school is also accepting parents/guardians who wish to make an early pickup of their student. Please be prepared to follow the normal early dismissal procedures, and be aware that today it will take much longer than usual due to the number of families who responded to the scene.

For those who do not wish to pick up their student, the school day will proceed on schedule until the normal dismissal time. Again, students who use bus transportation can still ride the bus home as they normally would.

Please note: After-school activities for Moody Middle School will be cancelled for today, Jan. 13.

Thank you again for your continued attention and concerns,

Andy Jenks
Chief of Communications and Community Engagement
Henrico County Public Schools

Woodman Road between Lourdes Road and Norman Avenue was closed to through traffic while first responders worked to clear the scene.

Police met with any parents who had additional questions at North Run Baptist Church on Lydell Drive.

“Obviously if you have a student in the school system this is very traumatic,” Henrico Police spokesperson Lt. Matt Pecka said.

WATCH: Police provide update on reported ‘active shooter’ at Moody Middle School

Police said Monday evening that they were still in the early stages of their investigation but have identified a ‘person of interest’ who may have been responsible for the false report.

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