Shots fired at officer in S.C., schools locked down

CHARLESTON, South Carolina Fri Oct 28, 2011 1:52pm EDT

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CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters) - As many as seven schools in Greenville, South Carolina were in lockdown and area residents were warned to stay inside after a suspect fired at a police officer on Friday and fled the scene, officials said.

A female police officer returned fire after being shot at by the suspect in the breezeway of an apartment building, said Greenville police spokeswoman Officer Alia Urps.

The officer was not injured.

At least one area school was in lockdown and three others were on partial lockdown following the incident, school officials said. Greenville Police Chief Terri Wilfong said she believed seven schools were locked down in early afternoon.

Before the shooting incident, police had been pursuing the suspect because the silver Yukon SUV he was driving had plates that matched a different car.

That discrepancy had been noticed when police were checking an area where stolen cars were often left. The suspect had then driven the Yukon away from that area.

The driver would not stop the Yukon, Wilfong said, so an officer in pursuit put out a general description and another officer found the car in an apartment complex near a school.

When she walked onto an apartment breezeway, "that's when she was ambushed. A subject began shooting at her," Wilfong said.

Police were searching a wooded area behind the complex for the shooter, described as a black male between 30 and 35 years old, dressed in gray pants and a gray shirt with long hair pulled back in a ponytail, Wilfong said.

(Reporting by Harriet McLeod; Additional reporting by Lauren Keiper in Boston; Editing by Jerry Norton)

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GalacticCat wrote:
In year 1800 in England 9The mother country), stealing a sheep was a capital offence, punished by hanging.. That law no longer apply in England in 2011 and they do not hang people for stealing. sheep. The Second Amendment (US Constitution) was ratified in 1791, when people had black power guns and loading the gun or pistol could take 1 to 3 minutes for a single shot. Fast forward to 2011 when people have and use automatic rifles and Glock pistols, that can be reloaded i 15 seconds and fire multiple shouts automatically.. So in todays USA, people can use guns as weapons of choice for mass murder , That could not happen in 1791 . Its about time to amend the Second Amendment and bring it in line with to days high power gun technology . Unless we want to see a continuation of mass murders in our country . Recent example using automatic guns A killer murdered 8 people in Seal Beach California . Had he a gun that fired a single shot (as in 1791) he would have a hard time killing 8 people in that salon , before he was overpowered.And no I am not anti-guns ,just recognizing that change happens over time, and laws that do not change or get amended with time , are dangerous and lead to tyrannical mind set in the masses.

Oct 28, 2011 1:54pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
cgallaway wrote:
@galacticCat….I don’t think that’s the issue…so guns reload quicker….big deal. There is still a law that says it is illegal to use that weapon to kill someone. If a person is going to break that law and kill people…then why do you think they will follow a law that says “you can’t have fully automatic weapons”? The weapons exist. The problem is how they are used, and the intent of the user. The idea that someone can use it for murdering the masses much quicker than they could a few hundred years ago defies common sense. 200 years ago, you couldn’t make explosives that would take down a federal court house. It happened. The Oklahoma City bombings proved that Diesel fuel and fertilizer can take out more people at once than a fully automatic weapon. Are you going to outlaw those two very common items?

Oct 28, 2011 2:58pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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