Police: Willard shooting suspect in court Thursday

10:10 PM, May 30, 2012   |    comments
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WILLARD -- All five school buildings in the Willard City Schools were lifted from lockdown Wednesday afternoon after police caught an alleged shooter in a home on West Pearl Street.

City Manager Brian Humphress tells Channel 3 just before 2 p.m. that police caught the alleged shooter "a few blocks from a school."

Channel 3 learned that the shooting occurred at 11:20 a.m. in a home on Main Street. The mother was shot in the back and was taken by helicopter to St. Vincent's Hospital in Toledo.

Her condition is not known.

The 15-year-old boy ran off after he allegedly shot his mother. He was wearing a black shirt, olive green shorts and carrying a black and orange backpack.

Police found a .22-caliber gun in the backpack he was carrying when he was finally found. He was arrested and will be in Huron County Juvenile Court at 11:30 a.m. Thursday for a hearing.

Superintendent David M. Danhoff told Channel 3 earlier that the call to the schools came in about noon that a "shooting had occurred in a house within the city limits" and the suspect in the shooting was on the loose.

"We went into a precautionary lockdown, where all the doors are locked and all the classroom doors are locked," Danhoff said.

The district has three elementary schools, one middle school and one high school. They are Willard High School, Willard Middle School and Central Elementary, New Haven Elementary and Richmond Elementary schools.

Police also had the Willard library and the Willard City Park on lockdown.


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