'There was no active shooter' at Heights High School, says Houston police chief

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Tuesday, September 13, 2022
Houston police confirmed reported active shooter was a false alarm
The situation all centered around Houston ISD's Heights High School located at 413 E. 13th Street on Tuesday afternoon, sending parents and students into a panic.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- The call of an active shooter at Houston ISD's Heights High School Tuesday afternoon that prompted a huge police presence and panicked parents and students was a hoax, police said.

Law enforcement officers surrounded the campus located at 413 E. 13th Street on Tuesday afternoon, searching for a potential suspect as they cleared the campus. No suspect was found, no shots were fired, and no one was injured.

WATCH: ABC13 Breaking News coverage as events unfolded

Law enforcement officers responded to a report of an active shooter at Heights High School, but Harris Co. Judge Lina Hidalgo said that the incident actually started with a fight.

ABC13 EN ESPANOL: Dos estudiantes se pelean en Heights HS; no hay amenaza de tirador activo, dijo la jueza del condado

A staging area was set up for parents at the corner of 306 E. 15th Street and Columbia Street to gather as information about the situation came into focus.

"The Houston Police Department and @HISDPolice continue to investigate the threat, though no evidence was found to substantiate the threat," the district said in a tweet.

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Heights High School parents rushed over to campus on Tuesday afternoon, one as far as Humble, to make sure their students were safe after a threat.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turned issued a statement thanking the police force for their actions. "I want to thank Houston Police, Houston Fire, the Harris County Precinct One Constable's Office, and Houston ISD for their prompt response at Heights High School. While the reports of an active shooter turned out to be false, we are reminded that student safety and school security are paramount on the minds of students, parents and employees of all school districts. Today's response to the emergency calls reinforces how seriously our first responders take these incidents, and illustrates the constant training they undergo to take such quick and responsive action."

The hoax was one of several targeting school campuses across Texas and California on Tuesday afternoon. No arrests have been announced as investigations continue, but sources confirmed to ABC13 Investigates that at least four of the false alarm calls came from the same phone number.

SEE MORE: 12 schools go into lockdown after 'false alarm' threats in Texas and California on Tuesday