BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A “disturbance” outside PS 099 Stanley M. Makowski Early Childhood Center on Jefferson Avenue briefly caused the elementary school to be locked from the outside Tuesday, a Buffalo Public School spokesperson confirmed.

A BPS official told News 4 that after the incident happened in the neighborhood around the school “school officials followed the necessary precautions and initiated a lockout to ensure the safety of all staff and students,” a written statement shared by Buffalo Public Schools stated.

In a Monday evening Facebook post, the BPD said police were looking to identify an individual in relation to a shots fired incident on Jefferson Avenue. A police spokesperson clarified to News 4 that the Jefferson Avenue incident took place “in the vicinity” of the school.

A BPS official said that the Buffalo Police Department arrived “within minutes” and investigated the incident.

“Shortly afterward, the Buffalo Police deemed the school safe enough to resume a regular schedule, and the lockout was lifted.”

According to BPS’ website, the school serves students from pre-kindergarten to fourth grade.

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