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Family members concerned for loved ones during Chico's lockdown

Posted at 7:12 PM, Jul 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-18 19:12:03-04

Fort Myers, Fl. -- A large police presence was front and center at Chico's FAS in Fort Myers on Thursday. Multiple agencies responded to the scene and began checking the entire property, which contains multiple buildings. They have not located a threat and report that everybody is safe. There have been no injuries.

Lee County Sheriff's say a security guard called LCSO shortly after 11 a.m. Reporting an active shooter at the scene and then hung up.

Across the street from Chico's, there were loved ones looking on in disbelief that an active shooter could have been in the area.

Chauncey Solenger, had his three-year-old son in Chico's daycare. "I'll do whatever it takes to make sure my family is safe," he said.

Mother and school teacher, Celeste Dalesio, her daughter works at Chico’s, and she nervously waited for answers.

"Just the not knowing, has been very disconcerting, as soon as I found out, I rushed over here," Dalesio said.

She told us her daughter was in a dark conference room in lockdown police searched the building.

Text messages from the Chico's Daycare director gave a play by play of what was happening in those exact moments as police searched the area:

“Everything is safe, we are in lockdown mode and security is on-site. We aren’t having contact while we are in lockdown." Moments later, she says: “We are continuing lockdown. All are safe! The teachers and staff are doing a phenomenal job modeling calmness during this time.”

As soon as the officers gave the all-clear, relief set in, but the terrifying feeling stuck with loved ones

"It’s so distressing and so disheartening to me in this day in age that this is going on it’s just beyond crazy," said Dalesio.

Police say the scene is still under investigation, once we know more information Fox 4 will be sure to keep you updated.