Hunters cause scare at local elementary

Reported by: Ashley Claster
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Updated: 9/11/2013 9:23 pm
"I heard gun fires and saw some teacher running in, and I couldn't get in because it was locked down," Willow Bend Elementary student John Brenneis said. 

At 4:!0 Wednesday afternoon, Lubbock Police received a call about multiple shots fired at Willow Bend Elementary School.

"When we arrived, we immediately secured the perimeter around the school, and started to prepare for an active shooter situation," Capt. Jon Caspell said. "As the investigation began to unfold, we heard shots fired to the north and to the west of the school. We immediately responded to the field in that area and found five individuals armed in that area. They were immediately taken into custody without incident."

Lubbock police believe that those five people were hunters, hunting dove in the open field next to the school.

"We do not believe that the school was a target, or that anyone here was a target," Caspell said.

The shots were fired off campus, but the pellets landed on school grounds, and actually hit a teacher and a mother. They did not require any medical attention.

"Obviously that was a very scary and dangerous situation for her, so that is what really prompted all of this," Caspell said.

Melanie Knabe says this could have all been avoided.

"Yesterday we called the cops and told them there were guys over in the field by our house shooting. They said that it was okay, that it's legal to do. They said call Wildlife. Nothing was done," Knabe said.

We understand two out of the five hunters were arrested because of outstanding PD warrants. The other three were released, for now. LPD says they will most likely face deadly conduct charges, because the pellets landed on school grounds.
Investigators are still waiting to find out if the hunters had permission from the land owner to hunt there, because they were hunting inside lubbock city limits. It is generally illegal to hunt inside the Lubbock city limits, but Caspell told FOX 34 there is an exception called the "10 acre rule" that might apply to this situation.
If they did not have permission, they could possibly face even more charges for hunting illegally.
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