Schools temporarily secure buildings following police search in area south of 23rd and Louisiana

Two schools in southern Lawrence temporarily secured their buildings around noon Tuesday as police looked for a suspect in the area.

Lawrence police responded to a report of a possible armed robbery at a convenience store at 2301 Louisiana St. around 11:40 a.m., police spokeswoman Kim Murphree said in an email. The suspect in the incident allegedly had a knife and may have fled south from the intersection of 23rd and Louisiana streets, Murphree said.

Police notified the school district that the suspect might be in the area of Broken Arrow Elementary School and Billy Mills Middle School, which are near 27th and Louisiana streets.

All students and staff were safe, and the schools implemented lock-out procedures, which meant no one was allowed to enter or exit the buildings, school district spokeswoman Julie Boyle said in an email. Those lock-out procedures ended around 1 p.m. after further communication with police, the district said on social media.

As of 2:05 p.m., no suspect was in custody, Murphree said. The district said on social media that “staff will remain watchful, and police will continue to patrol the area.”

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