Update: Lockdown Lifted at Gen. Wayne Elementary

An alleged shooter has been taken into custody and the school's lockdown is lifted.

Update 6:20pm: The alleged shooter was apprehended by the county's Emergency Response Team (a.k.a. SWAT team). No one was injured in the shooting. The shots were reported on Sycamore Circle, not Sycamore Drive as was originally reported.

Update 5:13pm:  Several parents are confirming that they received the following notice that the lockdown was lifted:

General Wayne Elementary School was just cleared from lockdown by the Chester County dispatcher. Students will begin boarding buses at 4:55 p.m. and will be transported home on their regular bus number to their routine stops. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

Original story continues below.

General Wayne Elementary School was placed on lockdown Monday afternoon after police reported gunshots on a nearby street. There are no reports that any students or staff members have been injured or are in immediate danger.

Great Valley School District issued this message to parents:

This afternoon, at approximately 3:35 p.m., the Willistown Township Police Department notified us that they had reports of shots fired in the area of Sycamore Drive. In response, General Wayne Elementary School is now in a state of lockdown. While school busses are on site, students are not being released from school until the lockdown is lifted. All staff, drivers, and students are secure inside the school, which is locked and not accepting visitors. Students are being supervised by General Wayne staff members. Parents are asked not to report to school to pick up their children. Students will be transported home on their regular bus once the lockdown is lifted by the police department. You will receive additional information from the school district as it becomes available.

Stephanie Leicht February 06, 2012 at 10:04 PM
Wow- hard to believe this is occurring in our backyards. I would love to learn more Please follow up
Laura February 06, 2012 at 10:08 PM
The lockdown has been lifted and the "suspect" has been "apprehended" according to GVSD communications.
Pete Kennedy (Editor) February 06, 2012 at 10:28 PM
The lockdown has been lifted, but no confirmation of a suspect in custody at this time. It appears likely that the gunshots were reported at Sycamore Circle, not Sycamore Drive. Sycamore Circle is a small cul-de-sac street off Spruce Street. Adding a map to the article now.
citizenknow February 06, 2012 at 10:33 PM
Anything can happen in anybody's backyard. It's attitudes like that that will leave you unprepared if something ever happened.
Shawn Malone February 07, 2012 at 01:55 AM
The man was taken away by ambulance. The stun grenade that SWAT used was loud and effective. Willistown PD and Chester County SWAT did a great job.
Pete Kennedy (Editor) February 07, 2012 at 03:25 AM
Thanks for the info, Shawn. Did you hear the shot(s)?
Ross Kennedy February 07, 2012 at 04:42 AM
My kids heard what must have been the stun grenade and thought more shots were going off. Good to know it was the police doing there job well.
Stephanie February 07, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Why is it that a woman with a ton of dogs was important enough to make the news in Malvern, but a gun man near an elementary school in Malvern isnt important enough to even make the "Daily Lack of News"?
Angela February 07, 2012 at 02:10 PM
This is less than a block from our house. Talk about scary.
Erik February 07, 2012 at 03:42 PM
Gotta wonder why the silence from the usual loud media outlets? I was surprised it wasn't all over the local TV news last night, as "Gunplay erupts near a suburban elementary school as hundreds of children prepare to board buses". The perp must be somebody important, or related to somebody important to warrant such a lack of reportage.
Al February 07, 2012 at 04:20 PM
I live next door to where the incident happened. It is ironic that the news didn't pick up on it but I'm glad because I don't want the liberal media flooding my neighboorhood stirring the masses up into a frenzy. It was one shot and my son and nannie were home when it happened. They were told to stay locked inside my house and go to the basement. They were always safe. Enough with the hysterics! No child at General Wayne was ever in ANY danger. (and my daughter was there too). This stuff happens. Be prepared, and be safe. My family was the closest to anyone who could have been in immediate danger and I'm moving forward in my life. Molon Labe!
Tim Caban February 07, 2012 at 08:57 PM
Since you were so close to it, what was the guy's deal? Was he mentally ill or just fired one off by accident?
Russ Godley February 07, 2012 at 11:06 PM
Here's what I have learned from a reliable source within the police department and my own eye witness account. The gentleman in question that lives in the house on Sycamore Cir. was intoxicated when he allegedly fired off a round or two from his deck. He lives in the house alone or possibly with his girlfreind and has no children living there. The police tried to reach him by phone to no avail and he implied to them, I'm not sure how, he did not want to live anymore so he was planning on "suicide by cop". This did not work out for him to well since the SWAT team had different plans for him and set up across the creek in the backyard of my neighbors house and took him down with a percusion granade while he was on his screened in porch in the rear of the house. My back deck is about 100 yards from his porch and I have a clear view of his house. In fact everythime I look up from my computor screen and out the window I'm staring at his house. I watched the whole thing go down. It was facinating! After the shot went off, and it was loud, he was screeming "ow, ow ow, that hurts" over and over. it was pretty wild watching the whole scenario progress. First the unmarked cars driving the neighborhood looking through back yards and then the cops hiding in his neighbors back yard behind a camper trailer as they kept an eye on him.Then came the SWAT team moving in and relieving the local police and ending the situation. continued......
Russ Godley February 07, 2012 at 11:08 PM
Continued, When they first came through the back yeards from every direction I thought they had brought in the National Guard. They were in full camo and decked out with rifles. They looked very proffesional. After they subdued him the officer that took the shot got up an headed through the woods and back over the creek towards the house and he was speeking with another swat officer on the other side. The officer on the other side said "Did you get a clean shot?" then the officer that took the shot said "yes but it was hard to see with the reflection" then the other guy asked "Was it a head shot?" I couldn't hear his reply since now he was on the other side and with the other SWAT members. At this point I had thought they shot him but knew it wasn't a head shot because the suspect was crying out how much it hurt. Figured he got hit somewhere but figured it wasn't fatal. Did not know it was a percusion granade until this morning. They did a great job in notifing the area by reverse 911 calls, locking down the elementary school and handling the whole situation without any casualties. Anyway hope this settles some curiosity about what went down in quite old Paoli Gardens! aka Tolstoy
Al February 08, 2012 at 10:44 AM
We THINK we know what the issue was but its beyond trying to explain it in detail here. Glad my RV was used as cover for the SWAT team, LOL
Pete Kennedy (Editor) February 08, 2012 at 11:11 AM
Russ—Wow. Thanks for taking the time to share what you saw.
Carla Zambelli February 09, 2012 at 01:29 AM
Wow, Russ, glad nothing happened to you
J.Leknes February 13, 2012 at 01:28 PM
I grew up on the same block as the "suspect". Malvern is in the real world now with crime!


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