A Rockford school was put on lockdown this afternoon after reports of gunfire on the city's west side.

According to the Rockford Police Department, officers responded to a report of shots fired near Albert Avenue and Mulberry Street just before 2:15 p.m.

Nearby Lewis Lemon Elementary School, 1993 Mulberry St., was put on lockdown minutes later according to Rockford Public Schools.

The district sent out a press release just before 2:30 p.m. to announce the lockdown due to "police activity in area."

The release notified parents that dismissal times would be affected by the lockdown and that parents should avoid the area.

Rockford Police reportedly found several shell casings and two vehicles that appeared to have been struck by gunfire at the scene. No injuries have been reported.

Police are currently searching for two suspects who are being described as black males in their late teens/early 20s.

Rockford Public Schools announced the lockdown was lifted and students were being dismissed just before 3 p.m.


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