MARION, S.C. (WBTW) — Two Marion County schools that were under a “delayed dismissal” Wednesday afternoon were placed into lockdown because of a nearby person who was wanted in connection to a shooting, officials announced Thursday morning.
As of 10:15 a.m., the person had not been caught.
News13 had reached out to law enforcement agencies multiple times throughout Wednesday evening and Thursday morning asking for information on police activity in the area. Police did not announce information until Thursday.
The search impacted Marion High School and Johnakin Middle School.
Police said the person was spotted walking into a home in the 700 block of Euclid Street, which is about 200 yards away from the middle school and about half a mile from the high school.
The schools were placed into lockdown because the person, who has not been named by police, made “previous comments that he was not going down without a fight and he would shoot anyone that attempted to apprehend him,” Chief Tony Flowers wrote in the announcement.
“Due to seriousness of the possible threat of gunfire we determined it was in the best interest of everyone to place the schools on lock-down until the situation was resolved,” Flowers said.
The person is wanted for attempted murder and has been on the run for 11 months. Police told News13 the person is also wanted in connection to a recent homicide.
Police found an assault rifle and “a large amount” of marijuana at the home, according to Flowers.