Binghamton city school officials said the decision not to allow students to attend class at the high school following a West Side shootout was to assist police.

According to a news release issued shortly after 2 p.m. Tuesday, administrators decided to move to remote instruction after Monday's shooting "to support the ongoing police investigation on nearby Murray Street."

The unsigned statement said the "decision was not made due to concerns about a reprisal attack."

High school principal Kevin Richman tweeted an announcement at 6:15 p.m. Monday indicating the school would be closed the following day "to ensure the safety of all." The message said the move would "assist with the investigation"

Two dozen 9mm bullet casings were recovered by investigators in the area where four people were involved in Monday afternoon's shooting incident about a block from the school.

Those involved in the shootout have not been apprehended. Detectives said two of them were believed to be 18 to 19 years old. Ages for the other suspects were not known.

Investigators have not said whether they believe any of the suspects is a high school student.

The school district news release said while the investigation "does not require access to school grounds, by going remote, pedestrian and vehicle traffic is greatly reduced in that area, allowing law enforcement to do their jobs with minimal disruption."

School officials have not indicated whether they have made surveillance video available to detectives who are trying to find those involved in the shooting.

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