Rise Academy parent shot at while trying to pick up child - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Rise Academy parent shot at while trying to pick up child


Lubbock police are looking for a suspect accused of shooting at a man who was picking up his child from school.

Police say just after 5:30 p.m. Thursday a man pulled up to Rise Academy to get his child. The suspect pulled up behind him, got out of his car and yelled at the victim.

When the victim started to drive away, the suspect fired multiple shots from a handgun in his direction. Police say the no one was struck or injured.

The shooting happened after school hours. Rise Academy Director Rick Baumgartner says the majority of the students were gone. The victim's child was still inside the building at the time of the shooting. Eight other children were in a classroom for piano lessons in the far right corner of the campus.

The police report only mentions one suspect, but multiple parents in the parking lot witnessed the shooting and say there were two suspects.

"There is no indication that the perpetrators had students here at the school. It was probably an attempt of retribution in a work place altercation that took place off campus at a different time," Baumgartner said.

Police have not located the suspect. He is described as a black male, 25-35 years old, approximately 6'04'' 250 pounds, wearing a blue shirt. The suspect's vehicle is said to be a Maroon Dodge Stratus.

The suspect faces aggravated assault and carrying a weapon where prohibited charges. If convicted the man could face up to 20 years and/or up to $10,000 for the first charge and up to 10 years and/or up to $10,000 for the second charge.

This is the second incident at Rise Academy this year.

In May, a man named George Bradley was accused of holding a third grade teacher hostage with a knife.

Since then, the school has implemented various security measures such as panic bars on doors and a blue light panic alarm. The director has even been authorized to carry a gun on campus.

"I have a CHL License to do that. I had the training. I wasn't in a position to intervene. Had I been I would have had to do that. I am thankful that I didn't have to do that, but in some ways I wish I could have helped the parent," said Baumgartner.

If you have any information about this incident you are asked to call Crime Line at 806-741-1000.

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