After conducting an initial search and investigation, police located and encircled a home which had multiple gunshots visible from the outside according to police on scene.
The incident happened at approximately 1:45 pm, just one block from the Lucy N Holman Elementary School. Students at the nearby school were brought inside from their field day activities after a series of loud gunshots were heard.
In total, 8 apparently large caliber gunshots were heard as fourth grade students were engaged in a water balloon toss to conclude their field day activity.
Three shots were heard in succession followed by three more. Approximately one minute later two more shots rang out and students were then brought into to the school upon request of the Jackson Police Department.
Initially, parents and faculty suspected the sounds were nearby fireworks before a lock down was ordered.
Three of Jackson’s schools were subsequently placed on lock down. Lucy N. Holman Elementary, Jackson Liberty High School and McAuliffe Middle School will be on lock down. The lock down was lifted two hours later, at 3:45 pm.
Jackson School District Communications Officer Allison Erwin confirmed that the incident did not involve the school, students and all students were safe and accounted for, but the lock down was a safety measure due to the proximity of the incident to the schools affected.
Police blocked off a portion of Manhattan Street between Bennett’s Mills Road and South Cooksbridge Road during their investigation.
At approximately 3:30 pm., Jackson Police announced they had detained a person of interest in the shooting.
The Ocean Signal was on scene when the incident occurred, covering the field day event.