Quick response to loaded weapon at Estacado keeps students safe - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/15/10

Quick response to loaded weapon at Estacado keeps students safe

Source: Lubbock Sheriffs Office Source: Lubbock Sheriffs Office

By Ann Wyatt Little  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Guns and schools is always a scary combination. An 18-year-old non-student faces a laundry list of charges for firing his handgun in the direction of an Estacado High School student on campus.

"The conflict began based on some circumstances that happened this summer so it was a conflict between one of our students and a non-student," says LISD Superintendent Dr. Karen Garza who says unfortunately the non-student brought that conflict on to school grounds.

Wednesday, sometime before the bell rang, Reginald Wayne Moore, Jr. walked on to campus with a loaded handgun. "I think the entire faculty and administrators got control of a situation one that could have been a bad situation very quickly," says Dr. Garza about the school's response.

Police reports indicate Moore fired his gun in the direction of one or more students. Dr. Garza says because of quick thinking and good police work the school went into lock-down mode before anyone was injured. The school principal sent out a message over the school communicator shortly after the incident occurred Wednesday afternoon and notified students on campus using the loud speaker. Investigators say they do not know where the bullet or bullets landed.

Moore took off on foot and ran through campus but did not get far because an LISD officer was right behind him. The officer arrested Moore at a nearby apartment complex. Dr. Garza says the courts will conduct the investigation into Moore since it is out of their jurisdiction because he is not a student, but she feels the district handled the frightening incident as best they could. "You hate for these kinds of things to happen but when they do you want people to be prepared and respond appropriately and all of them did," adds Dr. Garza.

Moore faces multiple charges including aggravated assault, evading and resisting arrest and a weapons charge.

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