Lockdowns lifted for 3 W.Va. elementary schools

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Two schools in Boone County and one school in Kanawha County were on lockdown Thursday.

Nellis Elementary in Nellis and nearby Ashford-Rumble Elementary in Ashford were placed on lockdown for a brief time after shots were fired near the schools. A person with a gun was spotted by a Head Start bus near Nellis Elementary.

Lt. Michael Baylous with the West Virginia State Police told the Charleston Gazette no one was hurt, shot or on the bus. He said the shooting had nothing to do with the school.

Ruthlawn Elementary in South Charleston was also on lockdown Thursday after police took a man into custody for allegedly trying to crawl into a kitchen window at the school.

It happened at around 10:15 a.m.

A Metro 911 dispatcher said the suspect is described as a man with long, gray hair wearing a green shirt and jeans. The man than got into a school employee’s vehicle and threw things out of it.

All three schools are no longer under lockdown.

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