New security measures follow shots being fired outside school

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by Jared Dillingham

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azfamily.com

Posted on February 3, 2014 at 10:28 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 6 at 4:02 PM

PHOENIX --- Fans arriving to a basketball game in South Phoenix Monday night were greeted by new security measures.

It's the result of shots being fired outside a game Friday night. School officials at Cesar Chavez High School have always had security guards at athletic events and school activities, but added extra layers Monday.

Security guards, plus a Phoenix Police Officer, stood at the main gate, and they used a metal detector to check everyone going inside.

Another set of officers ran a second sweep just outside of the gym area. "I'm glad. I think it should even be more," mom Jennie Kellogg told 3TV.

"I anticipated extra security, and we got it. It made me feel better about being here tonight," mom Stephanie Kilbarger added.

School officials say the increased security will remain in place through the rest of the basketball season. They are evaluating which security measures to have in place for the spring sports season.

Police say gang members fired at least one gun outside a big rivalry game Friday night at the school, near 35th Avenue and Baseline Road. No one was injured by gunfire, but several students were rushed to the hospital, injured in the chaos which followed. No arrests have been made.

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