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UPDATED: Forest Grove schools were locked out 'as a precaution' but will release students on time.

A Cornelius woman was seriously injured in an assault in which shots were fired Friday morning, Jan. 12, the Washington County Sheriff's Office said.

Deputies responded to reports of gunfire near South First Avenue and Heather Street after receiving reports of a domestic disturbance involving gunfire at about 9:05 a.m., according to Deputy Jeff Talbot, a spokesman for the Sheriff's Office.

According to Talbot, a man is suspected of assaulting his girlfriend, leaving her with what Talbot characterized as "serious, non-life-threatening injuries." Talbot said he discharged a gun before fleeing the scene in a vehicle, but neither his girlfriend nor the couple's 3-year-old child, who was also in the house at the time of the alleged assault, were struck by the gunfire.

The woman, said to be in her late 30s, was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

Talbot said as of early Friday afternoon, no one had been taken into custody and no more information was available on the suspect. He said that could change in the coming hours.

The Forest Grove School District announced shortly after 1 p.m. that it placed Echo Shaw Elementary, Neil Armstrong Middle and Forest Grove High schools into lockout "as a precaution."

"The Interim Superintendent (John O'Neill) made the determination to put these three schools in lockout as members of the family attend these schools," district spokesman David Warner wrote in an email Friday afternoon. "It was done as a precaution and to ensure we are doing everything we can to keep our students safe."

The affected schools will release students at the usual time, the district added in a follow-up statement at 2:20 p.m.

"As a precaution, the police will have a presence at all three affected schools," the statement concluded.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office serves Cornelius under a contract with the city government.

Stephanie Haugen contributed to this report.

Editor's note: This story has been updated with additional information as of Friday afternoon, including quotes from a school district official and information on the school lockout and release.

By Mark Miller
Editor, Forest Grove News-Times
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