Lockdown Lifted at Andrew Avenue School [Updated]

Police say the school was placed on lockdown as a precaution.

We updated this story here on Wednesday night.  

Update at 10:02 a.m. March 13:

The precautionary lockdown at Andrew Avenue School has been lifted, according to police.

In a statement just released, Lt. Bryan Cammarata, a Naugatuck Police Spokesman, reinforced that there was no threat to the school itself. The lockdown was precautionary in nature, given the school's proximity to the area where the reported gunfire came from — the nearby woods.

Police will maintain a presence at the elementary school for the remainder of the day, Cammarata said.

The original report follows:

Andrew Avenue School in Naugatuck is in lockdown this morning after police received calls reporting gunfire in the area.

Lt. Bryan Cammarata, a Naugatuck Police Spokesman, said a sweep of the elementary school building and school grounds has been completed and that no shooter was found. The school is still in lockdown as of 9:45 a.m., he said.

The school is located at the base of Andrew Mountain, a wooded area that Cammarata said is frequented by hunters. Police are looking into that as a possible explanation for the gunfire.

The first report of gun shots came in at 8:55 a.m., Cammarata said.

A police officer will remain at the school for the rest of the day as a precaution.

Naugatuck Patch will update this article as more information becomes available.

Marcia Puc March 13, 2013 at 02:36 PM
I have heard gunfire in my neighborhood and reported it (the police do come out). I've been told that you are allowed to shoot within a certain acreage and if you have the proper safety set up. Paul -- it might be newsworthy to get some clarification from the police on what the actual law states - just for everyone's information.
Paul Singley March 13, 2013 at 02:59 PM
Hi Marcia. First, let me say that I am with everyone else here - if you hear something, say something (not to sound like those commercials). But seriously, it's better to be safe and it's their job so you are not bothering anyone. Second, think link to the state DEEP website has all of the information you may want about when and where you can hunt, target shoot, etc., per CT law. Marcia: are you looking for something in particular that is not listed here? Let me know and I'll work on it. Thanks - The DEEP Link http://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?a=2700&q=487616
Paul Singley March 13, 2013 at 02:59 PM
*this link
brutus March 13, 2013 at 03:19 PM
if I lived nearby and heard gunfire, I'd be alarmed too. so I have no problem with the reaction and police involvement. I'm glad they made sure the kids were safe. but to call someone a loon because they fired a gun, without having any other information, is completely unfair. we don't know the circumstances. and mid west or not, we have the same rights here in CT. From the sate web site: Is it legal to conduct target practice on private property? Yes. However, the shooter must consult local regulations which may prohibit discharge of firearms within the town's limits. Additionally, the location of the property for target shooting must satisfy concerns for down range safety. Also, if local regulations allow target practice, and the property satisfies concerns for down range safety, noise from gunfire may disturb neighbors. To help prevent alarm and misunderstanding, notify neighbors and also local law enforcement officials when and where the target practice will occur.
Hello Kitty March 13, 2013 at 03:37 PM
Yet another right that we all enjoy here is the right to free speech, which I appreciate and exercise. And you reinforced my point: "we don't know the circumstances". Precisely! That is why it is critical to determine the source and the intentions. Somehow I doubt that the person with the gun followed the target practice notification guidelines of the state website you referenced - had he or she done so the police would not have had to react and place the school on lockdown, which must have been very unsettiling for the students and teachers. And since the NPD received several calls, it would appear that hearing gunshots in the general vicinity is not a common ocurrence. No one is turning this into a 2nd amendment issue, so feel free to go sleeveless and bare those arms. ;o)
brutus March 13, 2013 at 03:47 PM
hello kitty, I had no problem with anything you said except for calling the person a loon. how can you call someone a loon without knowing the details? that's the point. as I said, I'm glad the police were called in. and they should investigate.
Daniel O'Donnell March 13, 2013 at 03:59 PM
I went to school here when it was brand new in the early 70's. We used to hear rifle shots all the time either from the private land near the dead end at the top of the hill or from deer hunters. Never gave it a second thought. We live in a different world - how things have changed...
h finkle March 13, 2013 at 04:05 PM
Hello Kitty I have a good notion the person did. Before you start calling "report of gunfire" that some "loon" was involved, did it cross your mind that a little over a mile away on top of the hill is the Gun Range? it a beautiful day, I know I'd be there if I could. I live on the other side of town, and this time a year you can hear it as if it's a lot closer to me. I'm sure because the trees are bare and nothing to bufer it. Lets also look into the fact that there are large pieces of property on the mountain. To my knowledge you don't need a permit, just a certain amount of acres to do so. I could be wrong. Maybe a resident saw a coyote going after their family pet? You just don't know Now with that being said, if someone was seen in the area, I'd agree with the "loon" aspect. I also agree with what Mr. Singley said about reporting it...See something, hear something, say something. I understand the freedom of speech, but I'm sorry, it's ignorant to assume that because gunfire was heard, some "loon" was involved....That gunfire could have miles away. I commend the PD for their hard work and the Admins at Andrew Ave for thinking safety first. In this day and age, you can't take anything lightly. So in the words of Soren Kierkegaard: People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.
sally perzanowski March 13, 2013 at 04:09 PM
sally perzanowski March 13, 2013 at 04:16 PM
Let me correct that post...my apologies.park dept.next door to recycle company.
Hello Kitty March 13, 2013 at 04:16 PM
LOON (noun): any of five species (genus Gavia) of diving birds of North America and Eurasia. Loons range in length from 2 to 3 ft (60 to 90 cm). They have small pointed wings, webs between the front three toes, legs placed far back on the body, making walking awkward, and thick plumage that is mainly black or gray above and white below. They feed mainly on fishes, crustaceans, and insects. Almost wholly aquatic, they can swim long distances underwater and can dive to a depth of 200 ft (60 m). They are generally found singly or in pairs, but some species winter or migrate in flocks. They are known for their eerie “laughing” cries.
B-Rad March 13, 2013 at 04:22 PM
WE THE PEOPLE! -Jack Swagger
Colleen March 13, 2013 at 05:04 PM
I am not particularly satisfied as a parent being informed of this hours later. Not acceptable.
Colleen March 13, 2013 at 05:06 PM
Incident happened at 9 am Patch posted article at 10:02 parents were notified via email at 11:19. Naugatuck needs to get on the ball.
CB March 13, 2013 at 05:30 PM
so what your saying is that you thought a bird shot the gun?? Instead of just Googling the word loon, if you looked it up in the on line dictionaries, it would should show the other definitions, ie; crazy person
Silly Rabbit March 13, 2013 at 06:01 PM
I am sure that HK is being sarcastic - and witty, too. Here are some words to Google in your spare time: humor, sarcasm, opinion...........
B-Rad March 13, 2013 at 06:45 PM
Good point Rabbit....It seems like CB did not get enough hugs from his mommy and daddy when growing up.
Marcia Puc March 13, 2013 at 07:20 PM
Thank you Paul. I guess I'd also like to know what our local regulations are? From what I remember being told (but am not sure of the details), the area required to target practice was smaller than I would have thought.
naugy mom March 13, 2013 at 08:31 PM
I did not get an email
barb March 13, 2013 at 09:21 PM
i have a lil girl who goes to andrew ave school and yes thats very scary when you find out there someone shooting a gun out there, people are getting upset and cant blame them after all, you never no now days, im upset also about this and there alwys someone goin gun crazy, you wanna shooot a gun do it far from schools and homes where people live go to a shooting ranges
h finkle March 13, 2013 at 11:07 PM
Ummm Barb....do you know the area you live in? Once again, THERE IS A RANGE WITH IN ONE (1) MILE OF THE SCHOOL!!!! Last I knew sound travels
carol debernardis March 13, 2013 at 11:45 PM
I agree with barb and hello kitty, there is to much of this shooting free for all. I live on the other side of Naugatuck, not far from Maple Hill School, we hear gun shots around here all hours of the day & night. The police don't even respond anymore because you can't pinpoint where it's coming from. Where there are school there should be no guns at all....
Jessica March 14, 2013 at 03:23 AM
As a parent of two kids at Andrew Ave, I am also perturbed that I found out about it hours later with an e-mail. I'm incredibly surprised that PATCH announced it before parents were informed.
Lou Butch March 14, 2013 at 04:13 PM
Lou Butch March 14, 2013 at 04:18 PM
Hear something, say something, I farted NOW TELL...WTF get a god damm grip!!!!!!!
Voice Of Reason March 14, 2013 at 05:56 PM
I'd be concerned to ,but to a certain point. At what point do you feel it would be appropriate or at what length of time is appropriate for the BRICK WALL (aka BOE) to investigate ,come to some sort of description of the issue that happened,prepare a statement without spreading mass hysteria to the parents that have children in the school? Should they immediately email everyone shots fired Andrew Avenue area? I mean seriously it would be irresponsible for the Brick Wall to act without investigating from reliable sources first as long as there isn't or wasn't eminent danger to the children! Then inform the parents even if it was two hours later! You're over reacting IMO. Especially now that everyone knows it was Town Employees OR should I say our tax dollars at work causing MORE wasted tax dollars! But hey after all this is Naugatuck we are talking about here!
Paul Singley March 14, 2013 at 06:08 PM
Naugatuck school security director answers parents who question why they were not notified of the lockdown immediately http://naugatuck.patch.com/articles/naugatuck-security-director-explains-parent-notification-process
Colleen March 14, 2013 at 06:27 PM
I think it is appropriate that parents of children in the school are notified about lockdowns that are not standard drills prior to or at the same time as the media. Emergency notifications take less than 5 minutes to craft and disseminate. Does not seem like much to ask in the wake of Newtown. Seeing it randomly on the Patch and not having received any information from the school regarding the issue is quite unsettling and certainly does not give me a sense of my children being secure.
Colleen March 14, 2013 at 07:23 PM
I think it is appropriate that parents of children in the school are notified about lockdowns that are not standard drills prior to or at the same time as the media. Emergency notifications take less than 5 minutes to craft and disseminate. Does not seem like much to ask in the wake of Newtown. Seeing it randomly on the Patch and not having received any information from the school regarding the issue is quite unsettling and certainly does not give me a sense of my children being secure.
Voice Of Reason March 15, 2013 at 01:23 PM
Colleen since the Newtown incident this is a very sensitive issue and I have yet read the article on Lockdown procedure and posting this comment but inclined to respond. I believe that it would be irresponsible of the Security Director (who even knew we had one good lord) to send out a Email stating a school is on lock down with no reason as to why! Imagine the phone calls they would have to field as to why it's on lockdown! I say that because should he put in the reason as to why in this case, SHOTS FIRED with NO explanation ? Imagine the hysteria ! I'd imagine for this particular incident that the Security Director would want a detailed explanation so it didn't bring worry and bring serious concern to parents. Were they a little behind in notification? Perhaps but better to have details on this incident in these very sensitive times with Shots Fired in a school zone. Just my opinion


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