MEMPHIS, Tenn. – A man who tried to force his way into a Memphis Jewish school with a gun was shot by a Memphis police officer, a spokesman for the Memphis Police Department (MPD) said at a press conference.
MPD said it started around 12:20 p.m., when a man tried to enter Margolin Hebrew Academy/Feinstone Yeshiva of the South on White Station Road.
All Memphis Shelby County Schools (MSCS) were placed on a precautionary lockdown “while law enforcement investigates a situation unfolding across Shelby County,” the school district told FOX13.
According to Congressman Steve Cohen, the gunman himself was Jewish and a former student at the school.
“We recently learned that the shooter at Margolin Hebrew Academy was himself Jewish and a former student at the school. I am pleased that the academy had effective security and that the police acted quickly to protect the students,” Cohen said in a statement .
That man was unable to enter the school and instead fired shots outside the building, MPD said.
Memphis police said the school quickly got them a photo of the gunman and a description of his vehicle, and that officers were able to pull him over in just about 10 minutes up the road near Berclair on McCory Street.
MPD said the gunman jumped out of his red pickup with a gun and was shot by an officer.
That man was then taken to Regional One Hospital in critical condition, according to police.
Memphis police said no one at the school was injured.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is investigating the officer-involved shooting.
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