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Report of school shooting was a hoax

Orchard Park Police said they have identified the person who called 911 Wednesday to report a shooting at an elementary school. The call resulted in a temporary “lockdown” at the school.

The threat was a hoax.

There were no injuries.

“The information was sketchy: A man either shooting or going to shoot at the Armor Elementary School,” Assistant Police Chief E. Joseph Wehrfritz said.

Students and staff at the Abbott Road school, which is in the Hamburg Central School District but situated in the Town of Orchard Park, were “sheltered in place” at the school, he said. Police responded immediately.

“It took us about an hour-and-a-half, we were able to locate the caller,” he said. “It turned out to be a prank, a hoax.”

The incident is still under investigation, and he declined to name the suspect.