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Press Release: Threat of School Violence and School Disturbance
Agency: Moreno Valley Police
Station Area: Moreno Valley
Written Date: March 19, 2019 Time: 5:00 PM
Incident Date: March 19, 2019 Time: 10:50 AM
Incident Location: Landmark Middle School 15200 Block Legendary Drive, Moreno Valley
Reporting Officer: Lieutenant Brian Holmes
File Number(s): MV190780118


On March 19, 2019, at approximately 10:50 AM, Deputies from the Moreno Valley Police Department (MVPD) responded to Landmark Middle School regarding a school shooting.  The school was quickly locked down while MVPD Deputies conducted a thorough search of the school.  At approximately 11:35 AM, the school was deemed safe and the lockdown was lifted.  Further investigation revealed the school shooting call was false.  Deputies conducted additional investigation and identified a 13-year-old juvenile responsible for the school shooting call.  The juvenile was arrested and booked into Riverside Juvenile Hall.

About one hour later (12:44 PM), a School Resource Officer (SRO) at Landmark middle school requested additional Deputies to respond regarding a large crowd of students who were hostile toward each other and several fights ensued because of their conduct.  Students ignored Deputies commands to stop fighting and failed to disperse after being told the school was on a second lockdown.   A Deputy deployed indirect Pepperball saturation rounds to disperse the non-compliant students and to gain compliance.  Twenty- three students were treated by Moreno Valley Fire Department.  Several students were transported to a local hospital for medical observation as a precautionary measure. 

A 14-year old female juvenile was identified and arrested for her involvement in the school disturbance.  The MVPD SRO unit will be working with Moreno Valley Unified School District school officials to identify other students involved in the disturbance.   

The Moreno Valley Police Department is committed to provide a safe school environment free from school violence and will be vigilant in arresting violators of the law.  Anyone with additional information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Deputy Galvan at 951-486-6700.

Persons who wish to report criminal activity and wish to remain anonymous can call crime stoppers at 800-78-CRIME (800-782-7463) or 800-47-DRUGS (800-473-7847).  You can also leave anonymous information at www.riversidesheriff.org/tipline or www.wetip.com.

Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff's CrimeTips online form.


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