Report of possible active shooter in Overland Park unfounded, po - KCTV5

Report of possible active shooter in Overland Park unfounded, police say

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Officers were called about 1:40 p.m. Tuesday to 135th Street and Metcalf Avenue. (Submitted) Officers were called about 1:40 p.m. Tuesday to 135th Street and Metcalf Avenue. (Submitted)
OVERLAND PARK, KS (KCTV) -

Overland Park police say the report of a possible active shooter was unfounded.

It was just after 1:30 p.m. Tuesday when police got the call of an active shooter near 135th Street and Metcalf Avenue. Someone called and said they saw a white man in a dark trench coat.

Within minutes the area was swarming with police with guns drawn looking for a shooter.

Troopers from the Kansas Highway Patrol also rushed to the scene and at least two nearby schools, including blue Valley North, were put on soft lockdown as a precaution.

Investigators searched along the tree line of 133rd Street but ultimately found no sign of a shooter and the scene was cleared.

Overland Park police say they only received that one call and say certainly if there'd actually been an active shooter they would've received several.

Police say that one call came from inside One Stop Decorating, but employees there knew nothing about it.

"I was a little concerned I didn't know what was going on. They didn't really give us any information other than asking if we had called to report gunshots, which we didn't we didn't even hear anything. So it was a little alarming at first," Justin Hoover said.

"This is the worst timing ... across the United States where we're starting to see the mass shootings and when you call 911 and say this is a massive shooting or active shooter and we respond like this. It takes away our resources, and it's not funny," Officer John Lacy said.

The investigation continues, and if they figure out who made that phone call, it is possible charges will be filed.

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