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Alabama: Man shot dead trying to enter elementary school

Police at the scene after a fatal shooting at Walnut Park Elementary School in Gadsden, Alabama

Police at the scene after a fatal shooting at Walnut Park Elementary School in Gadsden, Alabama (Credit: AP)

A man was shot dead after attempting to enter an Alabama elementary school and capture a resource officer’s gun, local authorities said.

Robert Tyler White, 32, of Bunnlevel, North Carolina, was identified by Etowah County Coroner London Pearce Thursday afternoon.

White reportedly approached several closed doors at Walnut Park Elementary School in Gadsden, Alabama, where a summer camp program was being held. The school went into immediate lockdown and the principal contacted the school’s resource officer, police said.

The resource officer confronted White when he tried to break into a marked Rainbow City police car in front of the school. As the officer approached, White attempted to take the officer’s gun. Other Gadsden City Police officers responded to the scene and White was shot and killed.

Officers gathered outside Walnut Park Elementary School, where a man was shot dead by police on Thursday (Credits: AP)

About 35 children participating in the summer camp program were at the school when the incident occurred. Another 22 children attending a Parks and Recreation summer camp were also on campus. All were reported safe and transported by bus to Gadsden City High School, where they were reunited with their parents in about 20 minutes, according to sources Gadsden times.

“We’re just so grateful that none of this involved the kids. Everyone followed the safety protocols that we practiced,” Gadsden City Schools Superintendent Tony Reddick told AL.com.

“If ever there was an example of what right thinking is, it is illustrated here today.”

About 35 children participating in the summer camp program were at school at the time of the incident (Image: AP)

“SROs took immediate action, faculty in the building followed safety protocols, and all children present were moved out of the way,” said Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey Twitter. “I commend everyone involved for their quick action to protect these children.”

White’s motive remains unknown, and the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency is investigating the incident.

The shooting happened just over two weeks after a gunman broke into an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, killing 21 people, including 19 children.

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https://metro.co.uk/2022/06/09/alabama-man-trying-to-enter-elementary-school-shot-dead-16802166/ Alabama: Man shot dead trying to enter elementary school

Justin Scacco

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