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Police catch student gunman on his way to school

May 19, 2011 6:06:00 PM - thestate.com
Two Lexington County schools were put on lockdown Thursday afternoon after officials learned a gunman was headed their way.

A woman called Gilbert High School around 3 p.m. to tell authorities that her son was headed there with a rifle to get his girlfriend, said Maj. John Allard, a Lexington County Sheriff’s Department spokesman. The high school shares a campus with Gilbert Middle School.

The schools held students in their classrooms and no one was allowed to enter or exit the buildings for about 20 minutes, said Mary Beth Hill, spokeswoman for Lexington District 1. About 1,600 students attend the two schools.

The son never made it to the school. Officers spotted him driving on U.S. 378 and pursued him. After momentarily losing the young man, a S.C. Highway Patrol trooper found the car on Misty Lane and heard a gunshot as he approached. The young man had shot himself with the rifle and was taken to Lexington Medical Center for treatment, Allard said.

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