British Columbia

North Surrey Secondary School lockdown over

The school itself was not the scene of the weapons incident, but students were kept inside as dismissal was 10 minutes prior to start of incident.

Police say they were investigating a weapons call

An RCMP officer leaves the scene of a weapons investigation near North Surrey Secondary School. (Jesse Johnston/CBC)

The lockdown at North Surrey Secondary School is over.

Surrey RCMP said officers responded to an unconfirmed report of a person with a gun at 160th Street near 96th Avenue, and the school was put under lockdown as a precaution starting at 2:50 p.m. PT

Police say they are still on scene conducting their investigation and several people from inside the residence they had earlier surrounded have been detained.  

Witnesses say the home was a boarded up, abandoned house. 

A reporter on scene said at one point during the incident, police had eight young people with their hands tied behind their backs. 

The school itself was not directly involved in the incident, but students were asked to remain inside.

Police also said 160th Street had been reopened to traffic and pedestrians. 

Bill Jensen, a parent with a son at the school, said he counted 16 police cars and seven police SUVs at the scene, as well as ambulances and fire trucks.

Police cars are lined up near the North Surrey Secondary School in Surrey, B.C. (Submitted)

With files from Jesse Johnston and Liam Britten