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INDEPENDENCE, MO (KCTV) – School district officials in Independence said two schools were placed on lockdown Monday morning as police investigated reports of a shooting nearby.

Officers responded about 11:30 a.m. to the area of Nowlin Middle School regarding possible suicidal man in the area. Both Nowlin and Korte Elementary were placed on lockdown.

Police located the suspect about noon in a vehicle in the area of 25th Street and Hardy armed with a rifle. The suspect immediately fled officers onto the Rockwood Golf Course where gunfire was exchanged.

The suspect was wounded and taken to an area hospital.

No officers were injured and both schools are released from lockdown.

Jana Corrie with Independence Schools sent KCTV5 News a statement regarding the lockdown. 

"We had a brief lockdown at Korte Elementary and Nowlin Middle School today due to police activity in the area. We locked down the buildings upon the recommendation of Independence Police. They gave us permission to release from lockdown after about 10 minutes and our school day is continuing as normal. We communicated that information to students and parents." 

School officials said that following the lockdown the school day is continuing as normal. They also noted that they have notified parents of Monday’s incident.

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