Reported Gunshot Prompts Lockdown of Fountain Inn Elementary School

A teacher at Fountain Inn Elementary School contacted police early this afternoon to report what sounded like the boom of a shotgun outside the school.  Fountain Inn Elementary, Fountain Inn Christian School, and a nearby day care were all locked down for a short time, Fountain Inn Police Chief Keith Morton told the Greenville News.

Police received the call at about 1 p.m. and have been searching the wooded area behind the school building, Morton said.

“We had a teacher call and we talked to one neighbor behind the school who said they heard a loud boom and it sounded like a shotgun,” Morton said. “We’re just checking to make sure that nobody’s outside shooting. We haven’t found anything.”

Chief Morton said all children were accounted for.  He suspected someone in the woods was shooting at a squirrel.

It was not immediately clear how the police chief arrived at that conclusion.  Why does he believe the shooter was targeting a squirrel and not a fox, a rabbit, or a cheating husband?  Inquiring minds want to know, but the Greenville News isn’t filling in the blanks.

The lockdown was lifted at about 2 p.m.

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