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Santa Barbara police request FBI help for investigation into false active shooter report at high school

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Posted at 2:03 PM, Sep 14, 2022
and last updated 2022-09-14 21:23:09-04

UPDATE (6:05 p.m.) - At approximately 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 14, Santa Barbara police say they received a single 911 call about an active shooter at Bishop Diego High School.

Law enforcement responded to the school, officers began to search the campus, and students were evacuated. Police say all students and staff were safely accounted for and all interior and exterior areas of the school were searched with no evidence of an active shooter being found.

Police say it was determined that the 911 call was a false report and investigators are now working to determine the location and identity of the caller.

Investigators do not believe the caller is a student or anyone directly associated with the high school.

Santa Barbara police have reached out to the FBI to request assistance in their investigation.

"The Santa Barbara Police Department takes any situation involving our students and children in our community very seriously. Any report of an active shooter in the city will always render a very large and immediate law enforcement response," police said in a statement released Wednesday evening. " This false report will not be taken lightly and will be thoroughly investigated."

(2:03 p.m.) - Police say reports of an active shooter at a Santa Barbara high school are false and that all students and staff are accounted for.

Santa Barbara Police responded to a report of an active shooter at Bishop Garcia Diego High School, a private high school located along La Colina Rd.

The report came in Wednesday afternoon.

Police officers, sheriff's deputies and California Highway Patrol officers searched the campus.

Police emphasized that there is no evidence they found of a shooter and that all staff and students are safe.

The false report is under investigation.