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Danville shooting puts school on lockdown

Tuesday's shooting in Danville was a half a mile away from Danville High School, causing the school to temporary secure the perimeter for a little over an hour.

Posted: Apr 18, 2018 6:30 PM
Updated: Apr 19, 2018 8:40 AM

WAAY 31 has new details tonight about the shooting in Danville that sent one person to the hospital and put an entire high school, half a mile away, on lock down.


The Morgan County Sheriff's Office tells WAAY 31 the gunman is still on the loose and the victim is still in critical condition at the hospital.The shooting happened on South Johnson Chapel Road around 1:30pm Tuesday. The victim was shot with a rifle and the Sheriff's Office tells WAAY 31 they believe it was an isolated incident between two people who knew each other.

WAAY 31 spoke to a Brian Ellis, a teacher at the school today to find out more about yesterday's scare on campus.

"Yesterday we were notified by the Morgan County sheriff's Department around 1:30 that we needed to go on secure perimeter for the entire campus here at danville. We were underneath that perimeter from about 1:30 to 2:55. We were then notified by our district office and the morgan county sheriff's department that we were ok to dismiss school and proceed as a normal day." 

Several student's tell WAAY 31 it was a scary experience. Ellis says it has never happened while he has been at the school but it's something that they were prepared for.

"I can't think of a time in the past when something like this has happened but now a days things like this happen periodically across the state and even the country and I thought that our local sheriff's department and our school system did a great job handling the entire situation."

And while the shooter is still on the loose, Ellis feels confident himself and his students won't be in danger.

"I feel like it was an isolated incident so I don't feel like there's a threat really for anyone else, here at the school or in the community."

The Morgan County Sheriff's Office tells WAAY 31 they are waiting until the victim is coherent and then they can get a description of the shooter and more information.

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