December 17, 2014

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Nerf gun battle at Open Door generates police response

ELYRIA – When the Elyria Police Department received a call that shots had been fired at the Open Door Christian School and Church in Elyria on Wednesday, it responded with every available unit.

What police found was a Nerf gun fight.

Elyria police, Lorain County sheriff’s deputies, Elyria firefighters and Lorain County Metro Park rangers rushed to Open Door, 43275 Telegraph Road, around 1 p.m. Wednesday after getting a call from a concerned relative.

Upon arriving, police were met with surprise and confusion, said Elyria police Capt. Christopher Costantino, and nothing seemed wrong with the school or church when they arrived.

“People were shocked that we were there,” said Costantino, adding that police had only received one call about the shooting.

However, police immediately put the school in lockdown and set up a perimeter around both the school and the church, according to head of schools Denver Daniel.

After 15 minutes of lockdown, police were able to clear the area and let the first day of school resume.

Police said that the confusion was caused by a text sent from a staff member at the church to her daughter, saying that someone shot at her office in a play Nerf gun fight. The daughter, misinterpreting the text, called police to report a shooting at Open Door.

Though the incident ended up as a false alarm, it struck a chord with staff at the school and church.

“I was very impressed with the quick response by police,” Daniel said.

He added that the Nerf gun fight didn’t even take place in the school, but rather in the church section on the other end of the building.

Contact Anna Merriman at 329-7245 or amerriman@chroniclet.com.