Report of man with gun near Keller ISD elementary prompts 'controlled release'

KELLER — A call about a man with a rifle that came into police about the same time students at a nearby elementary school were being dismissed triggered what Keller school district administrators called a controlled release.

Some students had already left the Woodland Springs Elementary School campus by the time school officials got word that parents were required to come inside the school building to retrieve their children, a school official said.

After a search of the area, police were unable to locate the suspect as of 4:40 p.m. Tuesday.

Woodland Springs Elementary, 12120 Woodland Springs Drive, is about three blocks from the location of a 911 call regarding a man with a rifle hiding in bushes, according to the police call detail.

Police told school officials that the threat did not call for a lockdown of the campus, according to school and police officials.

Acting out of an abundance of caution, school administrators opted for the controlled release. A school official said that all Woodland Springs students were safely off campus by 4:45 p.m.

Additional patrol units will be at the school in the morning as a precautionary measure, school officials said.

Staff writers Sandra Engelland and Adrian McCandless contributed to this report.