Police looking for suspect after shot fired causes school lockdown

3 years 1 month 3 weeks ago Tuesday, October 21 2014 Oct 21, 2014 Tuesday, October 21, 2014 2:17:00 PM CDT October 21, 2014 in News
By: Jenna Middaugh, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

COLUMBIA - Police were still searching for two men Tuesday afternoon after a suspect fired a single shot and caused Our Lady of Lourdes Interparish School to go into lockdown Tuesday morning.

The Columbia Police Department said officers went to the 1000 block of Claudell Lane Tuesday around 11:30 a.m. after a report that a gunshot had been fired.

CPD said witnesses saw a man walking in the area before the shot was fired, and at the same time saw a blue vehicle drive by the block several times. CPD said the witness told officers the driver was a man with a handgun.

CPD also said witnesses reported the man on foot ran through an apartment complex before police arrived on scene.

CPD said officers did not find a shell casing at the scene and there were no reports of any injuries or property damage.

One parent told KOMU 8 News what she wants the school to do in situations like these.

"Just notify us that the kids are safe, what's going on in the neighborhood and that the kids are safe," Nancy O'Connor said. "Past that I don't think we need to rush over here to grab our kids. I have confidence in the Columbia Police Deparment that they'll handle it and that the school will keep the kids safe."

The school lifted the lockdown before 2 p.m. Tuesday.

[Editor's note: This story has been updated to include a quote from a parent.]

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