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April 12, 2014

Violence forces city schools into lockdown

Shooting, arrests cause move to protect students


“I’d feared the worst,” said Marcel, who was picking up her daughter at 1 p.m. and she saw the police cars blocking the school.

Dinora DeLeon got a call from her sister about the incident and she rushed to the school.

“I was anxious to find out if the children were fine,” DeLeon said.

Mayor Daniel Rivera praised the work of police for dealing with the difficult situation.

“I am grateful to our public safety personnel for their work following occurrences in the city today, which required a coordinated police response at multiple sites and, as a precaution, the lockdown of some nearby schools,’’ the mayor said. “First and foremost, our students, teachers, and residents are safe. The Lawrence Police Department followed protocol at every turn and the afternoon thankfully finished without further incident.’’.

Three other Lawrence schools were also put on lockdown yesterday.

There was a car-jacking and shooting nearby on Melvin Street around the same time police were dealing with the Rollins School incident. Since police found the vehicle in the area, the decision was made to put the Guilmette Elementary and Guilmette Middle, both located at 80 Bodwell St., and the school for Exceptional Studies at the Bruce Annex at 483 Lowell St., on lockdown, said Lawrence Public School spokesman Chris Markuns.

Police said a man’s car was stolen by someone who shot him and forced him out of the vehicle. Police recovered a gun on Melvin Street. The shooter remains at large, police said. They said they believe the incident was drug related. The victim was taken to Lawrence General Hospital and is believed to be in stable condition, police said.

State Police assisted Lawrence police in both incidents.

Reporters Yadira Betances and Jill Harmacinski contributed to this report.

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