KIRTLAND — Students at Kirtland schools were under lockdown Tuesday afternoon after shots were reported near Nenahnezad Community School in Fruitland.

San Juan County Sheriff Ken Christesen said police investigated the incident and determined the noise heard was fireworks.

No injuries were reported.

Farmington police dispatchers received a call at about 2:15 p.m. Tuesday about shots heard near the Nenahnezad Community School on County Road 6675 near the Nenahnezad Chapter House.

The school, as well as Kirtland Middle School and Kirtland Central High School, were placed on lockdown. Students at Kirtland, Grace B. Wilson, Ruth N. Bond and Ojo Amarillo elementary schools and the Kirtland Early Childhood Center were instructed to shelter in place. In a lockdown, students must remain in a classroom and cannot leave the room. Students who "sheltered in place" remained in the school until buses shuttled them out.

The Farmington Police Department’s Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle leaves Nenahnezad Community School in Fruitland on Tuesday after the
The Farmington Police Department's Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle leaves Nenahnezad Community School in Fruitland on Tuesday after the school's lockdown was lifted. The school, as well as Kirtland Middle School and Kirtland Central High School, were placed on lockdown while police investigated a report of shots heard in the area. (Jon Austria/The Daily Times)

The Kirtland schools reopened shortly before 3:30 p.m., said San Juan County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Dave Pixton. Central Consolidated School District spokesman James Preminger said the schools reopened because the district learned from the sheriff's office that "the matter has been resolved."

Geraldine Herrod, acting principal of Nenahnezad Community School, said a janitor heard three pops at about 1 p.m. Tuesday and alerted the school's administrators, who then called police.

Nenahnezad Community School students went into lockdown shortly after 1 p.m., and the lockdown was lifted at about 3:30 p.m.

Herrod said administrators a few weeks ago found a dog on the school's campus with a bullet wound and suspected someone had been shooting at the dogs near the area. Shortly after the janitor reported hearing the pops, Herrod said staff saw several dogs run away from a nearby neighborhood.

Shiprock police investigated the case, with help from the San Juan County Sheriff's Office and New Mexico State Police.

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