Officers respond to report of gunfire

Reports of nearby gunshots prompted the tightening of security at Lassen High School, although law enforcement noted the incident did not involve the campus or students.

About 8 a.m. today, Wednesday, May 16, Susanville Police Department officers responded to a Cornell Street residence on a report of one to two gunshots fired, according to a statement from the department.

Upon arrival, officers learned two men were involved in an altercation, which ended in gunfire, before one of the men fled the scene toward Main Street.

Through the investigation, the statement continued, officers determined the two men knew each other.

The investigation is ongoing and the department following up on leads and is asking anyone with knowledge of the incident to call the Susanville Police Department at 257-5603 or visit the office at 1801 Main St. in Susanville.

Callers may remain anonymous if they desire.

After the incident, Lassen High School shared an update on its Facebook page.

“This morning there was an incident of shots fired on Cornell Street near the high school. Chief Merritt of the Susanville Police Department has indicated to us that the shooter has left the area and that our campus is not in danger. Classes will be held as normal and there will be extra law enforcement on campus throughout the day, with all doors locked. Your student’s safety is our top priority and if further information becomes available, we will inform parents as soon as possible,” read the post.

The Lassen County Sheriff’s Office assisted the police during the incident.