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Suspect in Custody After Man Fires Shots Near Memphis Jewish School

(JNS) An Orthodox day school in Memphis went into lockdown for about 45 minutes on Monday afternoon, July 31 after a man fired several shots nearby. No injuries were reported at the Margolin Hebrew Academy/Feinstone Yeshiva of the South.

“We have recently learned that the shooter at the Margolin Hebrew Academy was himself Jewish and a former student at the school,” stated Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.). “I am pleased the academy had effective security and that the police acted quickly to protect students.”

At about 12:20 p.m., officers received a call that a white man armed with a handgun was at the school, according to Memphis Police Chief Cerelyn (“C.J.”) Davis.

The man reportedly fired his weapon outside the school. No injuries were reported, and the suspect fled prior to officers’ arrival, according to Davis.

An alert went out to officers across the country for a suspect driving a maroon Dodge Ram pickup truck with Calif. tags, Davis said. When officers conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle, the driver exited armed with a handgun. A Memphis officer then fired his weapon, hitting the suspect, who was taken to a local hospital in “critical condition,” according to Davis. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is investigating, she added.

The Orthodox school, which enrolls students in grades pre-k-12, sent out a message in the early afternoon advising the community that it was “in a developing active shooter situation,” according to Fox 13 News. “We can confirm that no one has been hurt in any way, and everyone is now safe, thank G-d.,” it added.

Reports on social media stated that the suspect fired between two and four gunshots.

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