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Report of multiple gunshots prompts lockdown of three NR school buildings

Three New Richmond School District buildings — including the middle school, Paperjack and Starr elementaries — were put into lockdown on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at approximately 2:43 p.m., following a report of multiple gunshots fired in the 800 block of East Sixth St., according to a statement released by the New Richmond Police Department.

“Upon arrival New Richmond Officers were able to locate a 30-year-old male subject in possession of a 45 caliber handgun. The male admitted to firing multiple rounds from the handgun. There was no injury to the public, the suspect or officers,” said Chief of Police Craig Yehlik. “The suspect, who appeared under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, was transported to the St. Croix County Jail and is awaiting charges. The firearm has been recovered.”

All three of the nearby school buildings were put into lockdown at 2:46 p.m. According to a statement released by District Administrator Patrick Olson, all middle school students were held at the school “because it was dismissal time.” SRO Aaron Anderson and the NRPD gave the all clear and the lockdown was lifted as the scene was deemed under control at 2:51 p.m. According to the statement, all buses should have been on time.

According to the NRPD statement, the investigation is ongoing and there will be additional information released as it becomes available.

Jordan Willi
Jordan Willi is a reporter for the New Richmond News. Previously, he worked as a sports reporter at the Worthington Daily Globe in Worthington, Minnesota. He also interned at the Hudson Star Observer for two summers and contributed to the Bison Illustrated sports magazine at North Dakota State University.
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