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Police say it was not an active shooter situation

February 12, 2016 01:00 PM

Two 15-year-old girls were fatally shot on the campus of Independence High School in Glendale, Arizona, just before 8 a.m., police confirm to PEOPLE.

Tracey Breeden of the Glendale Police Department said at a press conference, “We don’t believe there’s any outstanding suspects.” Breeden added, “These young women were found next to each other; there was a weapon found beside them.”

Police say the shooting occurred in an isolated area of campus, and that there were no other victims aside from the fatal victims.

“This was not any sort of active shooter incident and there is no danger to the school or community at this time,” Sgt. David Vidaure wrote in an email to PEOPLE.

Vidaure added that the investigation is ongoing and police cannot confirm the exact circumstances of the murders.

About 2,000 students attend the school, according to The Arizona Republic.

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The Glendale Union High School District issued a statement on Facebook reading, in part, “The campus remains on lock down and no one will be allowed to enter or exit the campus until the police have lifted the lock down and ensured the safety of the school.

“Parents will be notified as soon as it is safe for students to be picked up from campus.

“We will actively communicate with parents as more information is available.”

Jim Cummings, spokesman for the Glendale Elementary School District, told the Arizona Republic that some of the district’s 17 elementary schools went into lockdown earlier this morning as a “precautionary measure.”

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