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Suspect search prompts lockdown at Torrington schools

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Police surround a home at 130 Berry St. after shots were fired. Police surround a home at 130 Berry St. after shots were fired.
Forbes Elementary School along with Vogel-Wetmore Elementary School were placed in a lockdown after the shooting. Forbes Elementary School along with Vogel-Wetmore Elementary School were placed in a lockdown after the shooting.
The following photo of Laura Perez-Shawwas provided by the Torrington Police Department. The following photo of Laura Perez-Shawwas provided by the Torrington Police Department.
TORRINGTON, CT (WFSB) -

Torrington police arrested a woman who fired several shots into the wall of her home during a domestic dispute, which led to the lockdown of two local schools Friday morning.

Around 11 a.m. police said a man entered the lobby of the police department and reported the domestic disturbance. Police said he told them that he was having a conversation with his ex-wife at the home, located at 130 Berry St.

He said his ex-wife, who has been identified as Laura Perez-Shaw, 49, "became extremely excited and depressed." Police said she shot several rounds into the wall of the home.

Perez-Shaw then fled the scene on foot in an unknown direction, and as a result officials placed Forbes and Vogel-Wetmore elementary schools into lockdown. The schools were less than a half mile away from the shooting.

All of the lockdowns were lifted around 2 p.m., officials said.

Police and K-9 units found Perez-Shaw in the area of Roosevelt Avenue around 2:15 p.m. They said she was transported to Charlotte Hungerford Hospital for evaluation.

Police said the gun has been recovered and there is no indication that she was heading to any local schools, but placed them into lockdown to be safe.

"The first priority is the safety of the students. All kindergarten students that were en route were taken to the area of refuge to ensure their safety," said Cheryl Kloczko, who is the superintendent of Torrington Public Schools, in an email to parents.

Calls were sent to parents to inform them about the incident.

"As a parent, you're worried. You wanna know what's going on," said parent Judy Batista. "It's scary, especially scary, since kids in lockdown."

Students were dismissed at "the regular scheduled time." Batista said she took her second-grade triplet girls out almost an hour early.

"I want them out of here for today," Batista said. "Back Monday, today (I) want them home."

Batista's daughter said the students were told to stay quiet and sit down during the lockdown.

The incident involving Perez-Shaw remains under investigation. Anyone with any information is asked to call the Torrington Police Department at 860-489-2000.

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