JACKSON-After a series of gunshots rang out from a location just several hundred feet from the Lucy N. Holman Elementary School in Jackson while fourth graders were engaged in field day activities, the school was able to put its years of lockdown drills to the test in a real life scenario.
Just one block away, police later learned that 56 year old Anthony Blaszka was firing his 12 guage shotgun out his bedroom window, striking a neighbor’s home with two young male occupants.
As police descended upon the scene, the school was put into lockdown with a shooter on the loose. At the time, police did not know where the shots came from and they searched surrounding blocks for the shooter.
They quickly discovered a home on nearby Laurelton Avenue with at least four rounds in the structure. Bullet holes were found in the home’s roof and pillars. Holes the size of a golf ball riddled the home.
Until Blaszka was found, nobody, not even the Jackson Police Department was sure of his motive, intentions or wherabouts. The Lucy N. Holman Elementary School and nearby Jackson Memorial High School and McAuliffe Middle School were all placed on lockdown.
Initially Jackson Police surrounded a home across the street from the bullet riddled home on Laurelton Avenue, not knowing the damage came from behind the home from Georgian Boulevard.
Police eventually located Blaszka with two 12 guage shotguns and a stockpile of ammunition.
The school lockdowns ended and all of the children returned home safely. Police later determined that no students were in any imminent danger, but because of routine training and drills, the staff at Lucy N. Holman Elementary School got a rare chance to test its lockdown procedures.
Not the First Real Lockdown at Holman Elementary
This is not the first time the staff at Holman Elementary has performed a real lock down. In June of 2004, the school went on lock down after a black bear wandered around the surrounding neighborhood. The bear traveled from nearby Jackson Mills Road and the school remained on lock down until police could confirm the bear was no longer in the area.