On Monday, Memphis police shot a man they claimed was attempting to attack a Jewish day school. On the east side of the city, at the Orthodox school Margolin Hebrew Academy Feinstone Yeshiva of the South, the incident happened around noon.
A man attempted to enter the school but was unsuccessful and fled the scene after firing rounds.
According to Jewish security officials and Memphis police, he was shot after police approached him nearby.
According to a representative for the Secure Community Network, a company that handles security for Jewish institutions countrywide, the suspect was a member of the Jewish community, and the incident looked to be personal in origin.
The suspect was a man in his 40s who attempted to enter the school but was stopped by a security system, according to Michael Masters, CEO of the Secure Community Network.
According to Masters’ group, the police received pictures of the man from the school’s closed-circuit TV system and shared them with them. According to Masters, a police officer shot the victim, killing him.
The man was taken to a hospital in severe condition, the Memphis Police Department reported on Monday afternoon. Prekindergarten through high school pupils attend Margolin Hebrew Academy, which issued a warning to its neighborhood.
“Please be aware that there is an active shooter incident here right now. Thank God, we can certify that nobody has been harmed in any way, and everyone is now safe.
“Please keep an eye out for future communications with more information coming. Our campus is currently entirely shut down. We appreciate your patience and kind words.
May Hashem continue to provide for us all. The school refuses to offer the Jewish Telegraphic Agency any additional commentary.
The first day of lessons for all pupils is scheduled for August 17, but the day school is currently in its summer break.
However, there were school employees present, including construction workers, at the time of the incident, and the structure went into lockdown right after, according to Masters.
Additionally, the Memphis-Shelby County Schools district placed all of its schools on a preventative lockdown, which was removed at two o’clock. According to Masters, who also noted that the suspect was a “known offender,” “He had made statements that he was targeting the facility for a specific reason.”