Linden West students reunited with parents following lockdown, standoff over

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Linden West Elementary School at 7333 N. Wyandotte in Gladstone was on lockdown Friday afternoon after shots were reportedly fired in the area. The lockdown began at 1:15 p.m.

Mary Jo Burton, a public information officer with the district, said everyone at the school was safe and the lockdown was just a precaution.

"When officers arrived, they heard additional gunfire so we called for extra assistance," Ken Buck with Gladstone Police said.

The suspect involved in the shooting was involved in a standoff with police following the shooting, which ended just after 6 p.m.

"We contacted the parents of the male individual who was in the home and they helped us negotiate and shortly afer 6 p.m., the man surrendered peacefully," Captain Buck said.

Clay and Platte County Sheriff Deputies as well as police from Kansas City assisted in the operation.

Students were held in the gymnasium during the incident.

Once the police deemed the situation safe, students were taken by bus to Antioch Middle School where parents had to show their IDs to pick them up.

Police said they tried to contact the suspect barricaded in a nearby home for 90 minutes, but with no response. At that point, they said it was safe to transport the students to buses.

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