Scary morning around Ottawa Hills High School as a “critical incident” as GRPD first tweeted out, unfolded.

According to WOOD TV8, around 10:35 am GRPD were notified of a shooting victim inside Ottawa Hills High School.  Soon after, the school went into lockdown mode as police tried to figure out what exactly was going on.

Police told WOOD TV8, that two 17-year-olds were walking outside of school property when they saw a vehicle on Burton SE and then heard gunshots coming from the vehicle.  The teens, who were not students of Ottawa Hills High School, then ran into the building seeking cover and one of the teens had been hit with a bullet.

Police told WOOD TV8 that the teen’s injuries were non-life threatening.  Police are also still investigating with no real leads at this time.

GRPS responded to the situation through a press release,

This morning an incident occurred in the area of Ottawa Hills High School. No one involved was a GRPS or Ottawa Hills students. An individual ran to the school for safety. That individual has been transported to a hospital with minor injuries.

As a precaution, the school was immediately put into a code yellow lockdown. All students and staff are safe and secure. The school will remain in a code yellow lockdown while police complete their investigation.

To be clear, no one involved was a GRPS or Ottawa Hills


Parents are being asked to not to come to the school so the police can finish their work.


The school is currently in a “soft” lockdown which means the entry doors stay locked all day and no one is allowed in or out of the school for the remainder of the school day.  Immaculate Heart of Mary elementary school and Grand Rapids Christian Schools located near Ottawa Hills High School both went into lockdown mode as well during the incident, with Immaculate Heart of Mary staying in soft lockdown mode until the end of the day according to WOOD TV8.

There’s also going to be a meeting today with GRPS at 3:30 pm at the school for parents on how the situation unfolded and was handled.  Counselors are also on site for teachers, students or faculty that need to chat, WOOD TV8 reports.



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