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UPDATE | Parents alarmed by shooting near their kids' school

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Published: Sep. 4, 2019 at 1:06 PM EDT
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UPDATE 9/4/19 @ 11:15 p.m.

Cindy Dawson spends her day, taking care of kids after school at her house and during the day at Sunshine Preschool in Dunbar.

But a shooting on 14th Street and Grosscup Avenue on Wednesday afternoon came too close for comfort.

"It could’ve been really, really tragic because where this occurred, I mean I let my children out onto that side parking lot right beside our church and, I mean, it’s just right there,” she said.

One person was hit by the gunfire in the shooting. Fortunately Dawson’s students had already left for the day, but four other schools went on lockdown.

"As a child that age I would’ve been really terrified I think,” she said.

Several of the children she watches after school go to Dunbar Intermediate, one of the schools placed on lock down.

"Very concerning. It's scary to think that this is only a block away from where my kids are at school today. It’s very, very upsetting,” parent Tom Moore said.

Moore says it's good to know his kids are prepared for situations like this in school.

"I’m comforted that they're being taught that in school -- what to do in these situations. It’s just sad that our kids have to be taught this at such a young age,” he said.

As a father and local pastor, he's disheartened to hear about acts of violence, especially so close to schools.

"I think with all the shootings nationwide going that we're witnessing such as over the weekend, it’s very concerning that were hearing this more and more in the news,” he said.

Dawson feels the same way.

"I think they hear it way too much, I think it occurs way too often and I think they get a little -- it’s just kind of common place,” she said.

Now as the children Dawson watches enjoy time playing after school, she's keeping a close eye and hoping to see things turn around.

"When we were teenagers and youngsters, we were just free to roam, but now I would not let the children that stay here at my house go off my street,” she said. "I think it’s just a sign of the times, I think times have changed."

The victim was shot in the leg and has non-life threatening injuries. Police are still searching for the shooter.


UPDATE 9/4/19 @ 2:08 p.m.

Police officers are searching for the gunman after a shooting Wednesday afternoon in Dunbar.

Dunbar Police tell WSAZ that four men were standing at the corner of 14th Street and Grosscup Avenue when someone shot one of them in the leg. It's unclear what they were doing at the intersection before the shooting.

Investigators believe the gunshot came from a car, but they are still working to confirm that.

The victim is at the hospital. There's no word yet on how serious his injuries are.

"We're not for sure on what the back story is to it and that's what we're still trying to investigate and get further information on," Dunbar Police investigating officer Anthony Ashworth said.

Law enforcement is no longer on scene.

Kanawha County Schools temporarily put four nearby schools on a precautionary lockdown. School officials lifted the lockdown a short time later when police determined the area was safe.

Keep checking the WSAZ app for the latest information.


UPDATE 9/4/19 @ 1:16 p.m.

The precautionary lockdown on four Kanawha County schools has been lifted.

Police have cleared the scene of a shooting and have marked the area safe. Dunbar Primary, Dunbar Intermediate, Dunbar Middle, and Ben Franklin Technical Center have all reopened and are back on their regular schedules.


ORIGINAL STORY 9/4/19

Several schools in Kanawha County are on lockdown after a shooting in Dunbar.

An alert from Kanawha County Schools said that Dunbar Primary, Dunbar Intermediate, Dunbar Middle, and Ben Franklin Technical Center are all on precautionary lockdown.

Police are investigating a shooting that took place on Grosscup Avenue in Dunbar.

The schools will remain on lockdown while the investigation is underway.

Keep checking the WSAZ app for the latest information.