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Children, staff safe after incident at York school

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YORK, Pa. (WHTM) -

Update at 6:50 p.m.

A man was taken into custody after he caused significant damage to the lobby of a York elementary school, but authorities now say no gunshots were fired during the incident Thursday afternoon.

York Police Chief Wes Kahley said investigators see no evidence that a gun was involved in the incident at the Phineas Davis School, at 300 South Ogontz Street, which occurred shortly after 4 p.m.

Dr. Eric Holmes, the district superintendent, said the man entered the front doors and tried to get into the school, but was unable to get beyond a second set of doors in the foyer.

Holmes said office staff called 911 when the man began breaking numerous items in his attempt to get into the school.

About 60 students were in classrooms for after-school tutoring, but none were in the lobby when the incident occurred, Holmes said.

"He was frustrated and trying to get into the school," Kahley said. "The security system worked and kept him away from the kids and staff. We'd rather have him breaking things in the lobby then getting at the kids."

The children were taken by bus to Goode Elementary School. They where picked up there by parents after the district notified them of the incident by telephone.

Police have not identified the suspect. Their investigation is ongoing.

Kahley acknowledged that there was another incident at the school Wednesday, but he refused to provide details.

He said officers will be assigned to school buildings when classes begin Friday.

 

Previously reported:

York County 911 operators said a suspect was taken into custody after gunshots reportedly were fired inside a York elementary school this afternoon.

City police said an incident at the Phineas Davis School, at 300 South Ogontz Street, is under control and all children and employees are safe.

Students were taken by bus to Goode Elementary School after the incident occurred shortly after 4 p.m.

Mayor Kim Bracey told the Associated Press that it's unclear whether shots were fired. She said the investigation has raised doubts about whether a gun was involved.

Bracey told the AP that the man's daughter let him into the building.

Authorities are expected to release more information at a news conference this evening.

 

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