Update [5:45 pm]: Los Angeles police reportedly brought a suspect into custody on Thursday in relation to the image posted online that apparently led to the shelter-in-place order being issued earlier at Beverly Hills High School. The suspect, who remains unnamed by police, had reportedly posted a photo online of an “airsoft” rifle being pointed at the school; according to MyNewsLA.com, authorities recovered this type of weapon as the suspect was brought in. Police reportedly told the outlet that there is no known association between the suspect and the school.
A shelter-in-place order was issued at Beverly Hills High School on Thursday afternoon as police rushed to the scene after social media posts seemed to indicate that a man with a weapon may have been spotted at the campus.
Locals who learned of the news online were on high alert Thursday after a page appeared just after 1 p.m. on the Citizen platform titled “Beverly Hills High School Shelter-in-Place Following Threats on Social Media.” On Citizen, users post location-based safety alerts and footage of observed police activity.
“Incident reported at 10000 Santa Monica Blvd.,” the initial post reads, followed by a second post stating, “An additional report indicates the man may be armed with a rifle. This is also unconfirmed.”
At 1:52 p.m., a third post indicated that police were responding to an unconfirmed report of a man armed with an unspecified weapon. Footage of police and students leaving the scene from a Citizen user named semibluff surfaced on the page around 2:50 pm on Thursday afternoon.
Lt. Giovanni Trejo, public information officer for the Beverly Hills Police Department, told Beverly Hills Patch that as of 2 p.m., authorities didn’t believe there was an active threat at the school. The shelter-in-place order was lifted around 2:30 p.m., he reportedly told the outlet.
Beverly Hills High School Shelter-in-Place Following Threats on Social Media @CitizenApp
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A call placed to the Beverly Hills Police Department by LAMag on Thursday was not immediately returned.
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