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Police: Firearm found in student’s car at Camelback High School

The high school near 28th Street and Highland Avenue was reportedly put on lockdown on Monday.

PHOENIX — The Phoenix Police Department reported finding a firearm inside a student’s vehicle at Camelback High School on Monday.

The Valley campus was placed under lockdown protocols after staff received information that two students may possibly be armed with guns. 

Police said the students were detained and a weapon was allegedly found in one of their cars. The lockdown has since been lifted and police are continuing to investigate.

VERSIÓN EN ESPAÑOL: Policía: Oficiales encuentran arma de fuego en carro de estudiante de Camelback HS


“The Valley” is what locals call the Phoenix Metropolitan Area. It is considered the largest metropolitan area in the Southwest. 

The Valley is made up of various major cities other than Phoenix, including:

  • Mesa
  • Chandler
  • Scottsdale
  • Tempe
  • Glendale
  • Surprise
  • Peoria
  • Gilbert
  • El Mirage
  • Avondale
  • Litchfield Park
  • Goodyear
  • Buckeye

Whether a city is in the “East Valley” or “West Valley” depends on where it is in relation to Phoenix.

The cities of the Valley have a combined population of 4,845,832 people, according to the 2020 United States Census. This makes it the 11th largest metropolitan area in the country right behind the Boston and Atlanta areas.

How big is Maricopa County?

Maricopa County is the United States’ 4th largest county in terms of population with 4,485,414 people, according to the 2020 Census.

The county contains around 63% of Arizona’s population and is 9,224 square miles. That makes the county larger than seven U.S. states (Rhode Island, Delaware, Connecticut, Hawaii, New Jersey, Massachusetts and New Hampshire).

One of the largest park systems in the nation is also located in Maricopa County. The county has an estimated 120,000 acres of open space parks that includes hundreds of miles of trails, nature centers and campgrounds.

The county’s seat is located in Phoenix, which is also the state capital and the census-designated 5th most populous city in the United States.

The county was named after the Maricopa, or Piipaash, Native American Tribe.

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