Elementary students in the Kansas City suburb of Gladstone have been evacuated several hours after gunshots fired from a nearby home prompted a lockdown at their school.

Gladstone Police Capt. Ken Buck says the shooting didn't involve the school, but it was locked down as a precaution after shots were reported around 1 p.m.

The pupils were seen leaving the building hand-in-hand around 4:30 p.m. Buck says they were taken by bus to a different school where they could be picked up.

Buck says the shots that were fired were not aimed at the school.

Dozens of law enforcement officers from several jurisdictions surrounded the house. Buck says negotiations were underway to get the resident to come outside.