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Shell casing found outside Condon School in South Boston; police search area

The James F. Condon K-8 School in South Boston.
Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff/File 2017
The James F. Condon K-8 School in South Boston.

A staff member found a shell casing outside the James F. Condon K-8 School on Wednesday morning, causing a police sweep of the area, officials said.

In an e-mail to parents, Robby Chisholm, the principal, said the casing was found on the ground outside around 7:30 a.m. Upon discovery, Chisholm said the school called Boston police and school police, who responded to investigate.

Chisholm said police “swept the area to ensure that it was safe for students, families and staff to enter.” Police did not receive any reports of incidents in the area overnight, Chisholm said.

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“I want you to know that the safety of our students is a top priority of the Boston Public Schools,” Chisholm said in the e-mail. “We immediately followed all necessary protocols to ensure that students, staff and families remain safe.”

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Boston police spokeswoman Rachel McGuire said the incident is under investigation and declined to comment further.

A law enforcement official briefed on the case said there were multiple shell casings found outside the school.

Last month, a man was killed near the school in what police believe was a targeted shooting, the Globe reported. The April 5 shooting at 1 Costello Circle happened late at night but was just blocks from the school, located at 200 D St.

The victim was shot in the head and pronounced dead at Boston Medical Center later that night, according to Globe reports. The school held indoor recess the following day as a safety precaution.

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In June 2017, a gun was recovered inside the school after a Friday evening shooting in the 100 block of Orton Marotta Way, according to Globe reports. The school was not open at the time, but the Boston Centers for Youth and Families housed in the same building was.

Laney Ruckstuhl can be reached at laney.ruckstuhl@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @laneyruckstuhl.