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3 dead in shooting in U.S. state Minnesota, schools locked down

(Xinhua)

09:06, April 10, 2012

WASHINGTON, April 9 (Xinhua) -- Three people were dead after a shooting Monday morning at a house in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota in north United States, forcing precautionary lockdown at schools nearby, local TV reported.

Brooklyn Park police were called to a home in the city around 6: 30 a.m. on a report of suspicious activity near the address. Police have confirmed three people dead and the case is being investigated as a homicide, according to local WCCO-TV.

No arrests have so far been made. Police said no other members of the public are in danger.

The nearby Hennepin County Technical College was put on lockdown as police searched for a suspect. The school said all entrances are locked and students who have not arrived on campus are being told not to come to school through emails and text messages.

Campus officials said they were told to lock down following a nearby shooting as police search for the suspect, who had fled the scene.

School spokeswoman Annette Roth said students who were already on site are safe in a locked building. The shooting is not believed to be related to anything happening at the school.

Osseo High School was on lockdown until 9:30 a.m., but is now operating as normal. Spokesperson Barb Olson said it was more of a reverse evacuation -- where no one is allowed into the building, but classes continued.

Around 9:30 a.m., school officials learned from the Brooklyn Park Police Department that the search for the suspect did not include their area.

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