LBJ High School lockdown lifted, man shot multiple times nearby

Police respond to a shooting on Purple Sage Drive, near LBJ High School, which seriously injured a man. Feb. 23, 2017 (KXAN Photo/Sean Farrar)
Police respond to a shooting on Purple Sage Drive, near LBJ High School, which seriously injured a man. Feb. 23, 2017 (KXAN Photo/Sean Farrar)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A man has serious injuries after being shot multiple times near LBJ High School in east Austin, causing the school to go on lockdown Thursday evening. Police say the lockdown has since been lifted.

Police were called to the 5600 block of Purple Sage Drive at 5:10 p.m. Student Zoe Czarnecki, a junior at the Liberal Arts and Science Academy (LASA), which shares a campus with LBJ, says she was practicing with the school’s Ultimate Frisbee team on fields next to campus when they heard a series of shots. The soccer and track teams were also practicing outside at the time.

Minutes later, a teacher told the students to come inside the school and shelter in place. Austin-Travis County EMS says the man who was shot has potentially life-threatening injuries and was taken to University Medical Center Brackenridge.

The Principal of LASA High School, Stacia Crescenzi, sent a letter to parents about the shooting:

As you heard last night from the district, there was a shooting yesterday evening very near campus. Many students who stayed after school heard the gun shots and a few who were near the track witnessed some of the event. I am proud of both the students and staff who reacted calmly and efficiently ensuring that everyone was quickly moved inside to safety. Earlier in the day we practiced a “reverse evacuation” drill, so people knew exactly what to do. At this point the campus went immediately into lock down. Lock down is when students and staff remain in the room there are in with all external and internal doors locked. Students were asked to call their parents and let them know they were OK, but that the building was on lock down. We requested that parents not immediately leave to pick up their child since we were not letting anyone in or out of the building at that time.

Around 6:00 the building was released from lock down and all students were able to begin to go home. Bus transportation was provided to any student who needed it. Adults remained with students on campus until the last child was picked up.
For students who witnessed/were on-campus during incident: counselors will be available in the college center (273) at start of school this morning. Counselors will be available for small group and/or individual counseling.

Parents, if you have questions or concerns and would like to talk, please sign in at the main office and I will meet with you in the yellow lounge. Please park in the theater/gym parking lot if you are going to stay.

Thank you for your understanding. I hope everyone has an easy Friday and restful activities planned for this weekend.

Stacia Crescenzi
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