Two parents in Alabama were taken in custody Thursday morning, Aug. 8, 2019, after a road rage incident led to a shooting outside of an elementary school while children were being dropped off, officials say.
It happened around 7:30 a.m. on the third day of the school year for Blount Elementary School in Montgomery.
According to Sgt. Jarrett Williams, the incident began when two vehicles pulled into the parking lot of Blount Elementary School. During the dispute, one man pulled out a gun and fired at the other parent, Williams said. Luckily, his shots missed.
The victim ran inside the school to seek safety. The suspect also went into the school and promptly turned his firearm over to office staff. Nobody was injured in the shooting and the school was placed on lockdown while officers responded.
Both men were taken into custody. Authorities did not release the names of the parents or what charges they may be facing.
Officers are still working to determine exactly what happened, Williams said.
Once the situation was under control, the brief lockdown was lifted and operations returned to normal. Parents were allowed to choose whether they wanted to come to pick up their children and bring them home today.
“It is in my opinion that the more normal the day for the child, the better,” Tom Salter, Montgomery Public School spokesman, said. “If you feel that it is really necessary to come get your child, you are welcome to do so.”