A gunman who allegedly fired a gun and tried to enter a Jewish school in Memphis is in critical condition after an officer shot him during a traffic stop, police said.
Shortly after noon Monday, the Memphis Police Department received a call about an unidentified white male who allegedly fired his gun outside Margolin Hebrew Academy, police said in a announcement. No one was injured in the incident, the police said.
“Fortunately, that school had a good safety procedure and process in place and avoided anyone being harmed or injured at that scene,” Assistant Police Chief Don Crowe said, the Associated Press reported.
The suspect fled the scene in a maroon pickup truck with California plates before police arrived, and police said they were able to track the vehicle to Bartlett, Tennessee, after getting a description of the school.
“Officers conducted a traffic stop at which time the driver exited the vehicle armed with a handgun,” the police statement said.
An MPD officer fired his weapon, striking the suspect, leaving him in critical condition, according to police.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation will investigate the officer-involved shooting.
At a news conference, Crow said it’s too early to say whether the incident was a hate crime, but that the suspect appeared determined to hurt people.
“I believe the suspect was going to hurt someone before the day was over and that our officers were able to intervene and protect the citizens,” he said.
Democratic Rep. Steve Cohen, whose district includes Memphis, told CBS affiliate WREG-TV in a statement: “We have recently learned that the shooter at Margolin Hebrew Academy was himself Jewish and a former student at the school.”
Margolin Hebrew Academy is a coeducational school for children in grades one through eight.