D.C. police evacuate NW school on shooting report, but no victim or gunman found


Police investigate the scene Thursday morning near the intersection of 13th and U streets NW. (Aaron Davis/The Washington Post)

D.C. police evacuated a charter school in the 2100 block of 13th Street NW Thursday morning after reports of a shooter.

Officer Istmania Bonilla, a spokeswoman for D.C. police, said authorities received a call shortly before 10 a.m. of a shooting at Meridian Public Charter School. Bonilla said officers did not locate a victim or a gunman. Bonilla said authorities left the school about 11:50 a.m. and reopened all streets in the area — which were closed while officers searched the surrounding area with K-9 units.

Police are investigating where the call came from.

The school, which started summer classes July 7, has more than 500 students, according to its Web site.

When asked by a man at the police line on V Street NW, an officer said “all the children are fine.” The officer declined to give his name.

Police swept the area to see whether Thursday morning’s gunfire reports came from the surrounding area, but nothing was found.

Peter Hermann and Aaron C. Davis contributed to this report.

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Victoria St. Martin covers breaking news and Prince William County for The Post's Local desk.

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