Report of gunshot fired interrupts Project Graduation

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Project Graduation — an annual celebration for all Lawrence high school graduates — was interrupted for a while Wednesday night after police received a report of a gunshot fired in the area.

Around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, officers were dispatched to a disturbance with weapons call at a home in the 2200 block of Harper Street, Lawrence Police Lt. David Ernst said via email Thursday morning.

“It was reported a shot had been fired and the suspect had fled the area on foot,” Ernst said. “Officers arrived on scene and spoke with all involved parties. It was determined the report of a shot being fired was unfounded.”

Project Graduation was still ongoing at the nearby Douglas County Fairgrounds. All attendees were moved inside “for a short period” until officers determined there was no longer a safety concern for those in attendance, Ernst said.

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