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State briefs: Avondale shooting incident causes lockdown at school

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AVONDALE, Arizona (AP) – Police in Avondale are searching for suspects who fired weapons in a restaurant parking lot, leading to a nearby high school to go into lockdown.

Avondale police spokesman Ray Emmett says officers responded to a report of shots fired outside a Dairy Queen on Friday afternoon.

According to Emmett, an altercation occurred between two vehicles with shots being fired from both cars. There were no injuries or property damage.

Emmett says the vehicles took off before police arrived. But investigators are talking to witnesses and looking at surveillance footage from local businesses.

The incident happened just after Westview High School ended classes for a day.

Tolleson Union High School District spokesman Joseph Ortiz says the school went into lockdown only as a precaution. It lasted about an hour.

National forest acreage could go to Arizona under land swap

FLAGSTAFF (AP) – Thousands of acres of national forest land near Flagstaff could be transferred to the state under a proposed exchange as part of an effort to meet a federal commitment to the Hopi Tribe.

The Arizona Daily Sun reports that in exchange for federal land, the state would provide large tracts of land elsewhere in northern Arizona to the Hopi Tribe under a 1996 agreement approved by Congress to resolve a long-festering dispute with the Navajo Nation.

The Flagstaff-area property includes acreage west of Walnut Canyon, and land near the Forest Highlands development.

The office of Sen. John McCain and the Arizona State Land Department began preliminary discussions last year.

McCain spokeswoman Julie Tarallo says the senator will remain engaged with local communities before a proposal moves forward.

– Information from: Arizona Daily Sun,