Police: 2 teenage girls dead in shooting at Arizona high school

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GLENDALE (Reuters) -- Two 15-year-old girls died on Friday in a shooting at a high school in the Phoenix suburb of Glendale and were found with a gun beside them, police said.

Glendale police spokeswoman Tracey Breeden said it was too early to determine if the incident at Independence High involved a suicide. But police were not seeking a suspect in the shooting and the school and surrounding community faced no threat, she said.

After a report of gunfire on Friday morning, police rushed to the school and found the two girls under a covered patio on the campus, Breeden said.

Each girl had a single gunshot wound and both were declared dead at the scene, with the gun beside them, she said. Police did not immediately release the girls' names.

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Buses make their way to bring parents waiting to reunite with their children, Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. after two teens were shot Friday at Independence High School in the Phoenix suburb. Glendale Officer Tracey Breeden told reporters Friday that both victims were 15 years old and were shot once. She says authorities are not searching for any suspects and a weapon was found near the bodies. Breeden told parents awaiting word on their kids that "your children are safe." (AP Photo/Matt York)
A police officer tries to give instructions to parents waiting to reunite with their children, Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. after two teens were shot Friday at Independence High School in the Phoenix suburb. Glendale Officer Tracey Breeden told reporters Friday that both victims were 15 years old and were shot once. She says authorities are not searching for any suspects and a weapon was found near the bodies. Breeden told parents awaiting word on their kids that "your children are safe." (AP Photo/Matt York)
A Phoenix police officer, center, tries to give instructions to parents waiting to board buses to reunite with their children, Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. after two students died in a shooting at Independence High School in the Phoenix suburb. The danger at the campus was over, police said, as worried parents crowded stores nearby to await word on their children.(AP Photo/Matt York)
A Phoenix police officer, center, tries to give instructions to parents waiting to board buses to reunite with their children, Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz., after two students died in a shooting at Independence High School in the Phoenix suburb. The danger at the campus was over, police said, as worried parents crowded stores nearby to await word on their children.(AP Photo/Matt York)
A Phoenix police officer, left, tries to give instructions to parents waiting to reunite with their children, Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. after two teens were shot Friday at Independence High School in the Phoenix suburb. Glendale Officer Tracey Breeden told reporters Friday that both victims were 15 years old and were shot once. She says authorities are not searching for any suspects and a weapon was found near the bodies. Breeden told parents awaiting word on their kids that "your children are safe." (AP Photo/Matt York)
Parents and others wait near a high school in Glendale, Ariz., to be reunited with students after police say two female students died in a shooting at the school in a Phoenix suburb. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Parents wait to reunite with their children, Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. after two teens were shot Friday at Independence High School in the Phoenix suburb. Glendale Officer Tracey Breeden told reporters Friday that both victims were 15 years old and were shot once. She says authorities are not searching for any suspects and a weapon was found near the bodies. Breeden told parents awaiting word on their kids that "your children are safe." (AP Photo/Matt York)
A Glendale police officer tries to give instructions to parents waiting to reunite with their children, Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz., after two teens were shot Friday at Independence High School in the Phoenix suburb. The danger at the campus was over, police said, as worried parents crowded stores nearby to await word on their children.(AP Photo/Matt York)
A mother and daughter reunite, Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz., after two students were shot and killed at Independence High School in the Phoenix suburb. The danger at the campus was over, police said, as worried parents crowded stores nearby to meet their children. (AP Photo/Matt York)
A father and daughter reunite in a vacant field, Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz., after two students were shot and killed at Independence High School in the Phoenix suburb. The danger at the campus was over, police said, as worried parents crowded stores nearby to meet their children. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Parents and students reunite, Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. after two teens were shot Friday at Independence High School in the Phoenix suburb. Two 15-year-old girls were shot once at the school, but it was not clear what led up to their deaths, Glendale Officer Tracey Breeden told reporters. Authorities were not looking for anyone else, and a gun was found near the bodies, she said. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Students walk to their parents after being released from lockdown, Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz., after two students were shot and killed at Independence High School in the Phoenix suburb. The danger at the campus was over, police said, as worried parents crowded stores nearby to meet their children. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Students embrace after leaving campus, Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. after two teens were shot Friday at Independence High School in the Phoenix suburb. Two 15-year-old girls were shot once at the school, but it was not clear what led up to their deaths, Glendale Officer Tracey Breeden told reporters. Authorities were not looking for anyone else, and a gun was found near the bodies, she said. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Students walks through a vacant field after being released from lockdown, Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz., after two students were shot and killed at Independence High School in the Phoenix suburb. The danger at the campus was over, police said, as worried parents crowded stores nearby to meet their children. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Students talk on their phones as they cut through a vacant field after being released from lock down, Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. after two teens were shot Friday at Independence High School in the Phoenix suburb. Two 15-year-old girls were shot once at the school, but it was not clear what led up to their deaths, Glendale Officer Tracey Breeden told reporters. Authorities were not looking for anyone else, and a gun was found near the bodies, she said. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Kambra Brown, left, runs to hug her son, Jesse Brown, 14, with her other son, Boyce Brown, 5, Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. after two teens were shot Friday at Independence High School in the Phoenix suburb. Two 15-year-old girls were shot once at the school, but it was not clear what led up to their deaths, Glendale Officer Tracey Breeden told reporters. Authorities were not looking for anyone else, and a gun was found near the bodies, she said. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Three siblings embrace, Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz., after two students were shot and killed at Independence High School in the Phoenix suburb. The danger at the campus was over, police said, as worried parents crowded stores nearby to meet their children.(AP Photo/Matt York)
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The school was placed on lockdown after the shooting and the street in front of the campus was shut down. During the lockdown students issued updates on social media from their classrooms as dozens of anxious parents, who were barred from the campus, gathered in the parking lot of a nearby Wal-Mart store to await their children.

Jasmine Molina, 15, was in English class when the lockdown was declared.

"I never thought it would happen here. This tells me that it could happen anywhere, at any school, even if it's a good school," said Molina, who was holding a stuffed bear her boyfriend had given her that morning for Valentine's Day.

Ana Lisa Romero, whose son, Lalo, attends the school, said in a Facebook message to Reuters, "I am going crazy just thinking that could have been my son or nieces or nephews."

Public officials expressed condolences over the shooting.

"Our hearts remain with the students, educators and families of Independence High School and the entire Glendale community," Arizona Governor Doug Ducey said in a statement.

Independence High, which is just a couple miles outside Phoenix, has about 2,000 students, school district representative Sara Clawson said.

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