Mequon — Three Mequon schools went into 'lock down' mode today while Mequon police investigated a prank call about a shooting.
At 11:49 a.m. Monday, Mequon police received a call from a young man claiming someone had been shot in the 11100 block of Range Line Road
In response, Mequon police blocked traffic from Range Line Road for about 45 minutes. Range Line School, Lakeshore Middle School and Lumen Christi School were advised to go on lock down while cops investigated the call.
Officers contacted several residents in the area, and they were not able to find evidence of a shooting. The roads and schools were reopened at 12:35 p.m.
Mequon police are continuing to investigate in an effort to identify the caller.
'We take these types of calls very seriously,' Mequon Police Chief Steve Graff said. 'While the person who made the call may find it amusing, this is a dangerous situation that puts many people at risk, including the responding officers and the community at large. Investigators will make every attempt to identify the prank caller and the appropriate criminal charges will be filed accordingly.'
Today's prank call is the second time in the last week a young person has put police on high alert. Homestead High School was shut down on Friday, Jan. 22 after a 15-year-old boy made a bomb threat directed at the high school using a social media app known as 'whatsgoodly.' The boy is being charged with making a bomb threat and unauthorized use of a computerized communication system.