Gunshots lead to school lockdown

By LaVendrick Smith | Apr 18, 2012

The sound of gunshots sent Fairmount Elementary into a brief lockdown on April 10.

A south Everett man was taken into custody last week after reportedly firing gunshots into the air, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office. The man had reportedly been in an argument with his wife.

The gunshots were heard by staff members of Fairmount shortly after 1 p.m. on and occurred during lunch recess. Upon hearing the shots, the students were taken inside and the school went into a modified lockdown.

Sheriff’s Office deputies arrived at the school to investigate the source of the shots, leading them to the man whose home is in the neighborhood behind Fairmount.

“Once [the deputies] located the person and determined there was really no danger, they contacted the school and the lockdown ended,” said Andy Muntz, spokesperson of the Mukilteo School District.

Muntz said the lockdown lasted for about half an hour.

In a modified lockdown, the exterior doors of the school are locked, all blinds are drawn and classes continue as usual.

LaVendrick Smith is an intern for the Mukilteo Beacon.

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