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Tifton elementary school briefly locked down after reports of gunfire nearby

TIFTON, Ga. — A Tifton elementary school was placed on lock down after reports of gun fire in a nearby neighborhood drew a police response.

Superintendent Patrick Atwater tells WTIF in Tifton that the suspected gunfire came from outside of G.O. Bailey school in a surrounding neighborhood.

The Tifton Police Department, the Tift County Sheriff's Office and the Georgia State Patrol sent units to the school and Atwater says that a good number of parents showed up to pull their children out of school.

The lockdown was lifted at 11 a.m., Atwater says.