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.

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 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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