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"It'll be like reuniting after we haven't seen each them for years," said Raymond Reynolds, father of two students at Monroe Middle School. "This felt like days. I'm shaking. My fiance is so worried. We've been pacing in the house all day."

Posted: Sep. 25, 2018 7:51 PM

UPDATE: Parents picked up kids around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon in front Monroe Middle School after a shooting near the school.

The Eugene Police Department advised parents to pick up their students in the west parking lot of the middle school, but parents picked their kids up directly in front of the school.

KEZI 9 News spoke with a father who said he left work early in tears when he found out about the incident. He said he's been on edge all day waiting for the moment he reunited with his two kids.

"It'll be like reuniting after we haven't seen each them for years," said Raymond Reynolds, father of two students at Monroe Middle School. "This felt like days. I'm shaking. My fiance is so worried. We've been pacing in the house all day."

Reynolds said after this incident, he's fearful to let his kids play outside.

Trisha King, a parent of a student at Monroe, said her day started off normal until she found out about the lockdown and she was terrified something was going to happen to her daughter.

"The thought process going through my head was was oh my god...my daughter is going to be shot," King said. "I worried about my close friends."

During the 3:30 pickup time, students, parents and police officers were outside Monroe Middle School.

Parents said they could see officers taking selfies and laughing with the students, and some said this dissapointed them.

King said this incident was too serious for what she called "lax" behavior.

"You don't think that it's gonna happen," King said. "I'm so thankful that nothing happened in the school, but it did happen. There were real fears. One of their good friends had a panic attack in the dark while they were standing in the dark."

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EUGENE, Ore. -- The Eugene Police Department is working with Eugene School District 4J on a plan for the 3:30 p.m. release time for schools near Bailey Lane, where a shooting put schools on lockdown and lockout Tuesday morning.

Officials ask that parents avoid going to the school until the normal release time as the investigation is ongoing. Bailey Lane is closed from Coburg Road to Bogart Lane.

RELATED: Eugene police seek suspect in shooting that put Monroe on lockdown

When Monroe Middle School students are released, parents and buses will come off Coburg Road onto Bailey Lane and enter the school's west parking lot and exit from the same lot back out to Coburg Road.

St. Paul Parish School student families will access their school from Satre Street and Bogart Lane.

Police said patrol units immediately responded to the report of shots fired in the 2900 block of Bailey Lane at 10:05 a.m. Police and a bystander provided immediate aid to the victim, who was taken by Eugene Springfield Fire to a local hospital with a gunshot wound. There is no update on the person's condition.

Monroe was on lockdown and then lockout as a precaution. Sheldon High School, Buena Vista Elementary, St. Paul Parish School and Holt Elementary were all on lockout during part of the day. Those four schools have been released. Monroe remains on lockout. The children inside the school are safe, and students and staff are continuing their school day.

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