A shooting in north Jacksonville put students and staff at the Jacksonville Early Years Program in a soft lockdown this afternoon.
Jacksonville Police Department officials say officers responded to a shots fired call in the 1100 block of North Clay. According to a press release, a man was shot in the leg. He was reportedly taken to Passavant Area Hospital.
A subsequent search of a nearby home was conducted, and evidence was collected. Police say it appears the shooting was accidental.
According to District 117 superintendent Steve Ptacek, precautions were taken immediately after the district received word about the shooting at around 2 p.m. Ptacek says pre-kindergarten students and staff were never faced with any danger.
Due to Walnut and North Clay being shut down by police, alternate bus routes were provided to ensure student safety.
Charges are pending, and police say the investigation continues.