All Raytown schools were temporarily on lockdown after a fatal shooting in their education and conference center parking lot.
An adult male was killed.
When Raytown police arrived, a suspect was located and arrested. Officers found the victim inside a vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The relationship between the suspect and victim is unknown at this time.
Allan Markley, the superintendent of Raytown schools, said the shooting happened about 10:30 a.m. in the parking lot of the Raytown Schools Education and Conference Center, located at 10750 E. 350 Hwy.
“The school district enacted their plan for evacuation of students once the crime scene was secured,” Markley said. “Students were evacuated and we began contacting parents to reunite with those students.”
The superintendent said they did a soft lockdown of all schools in the district just to make sure that all students were safe. The lockdown was removed some time later.
Students at Raytown Success Academy, an alternative school, were moved to a nearby church for the time being as part of a predetermined plan. Markley said anywhere from 75 to 100 students attend the school at a time.
Beyond Raytown Success Academy, the building also contains the district’s technology department as well as their teaching and learning center.
Marcina Williams’ 17-year-old son attends Raytown Success Academy.
“I actually I didn’t hear anything about it. I saw it on Facebook,” she said. “I just received a phone call at 1:15 p.m. Why did it take them three hours to let us know our students were in danger?” Williams said.
She said she was terrified when she heard the news on Facebook.
“My son said he could hear the shots from inside his classroom,” she said.
Williams said when she got to the church to pick up her son she asked the administration why she didn’t get a call.
She says she was told cell phones were provided to students to use to call their parents. Williams said her son never called her.
“They need to get a better procedure for the safety of our children because this is not working for me,” she said.
Williams said she was officially notified three hours after the shooting.
Authorities said the shooting did not involve high school students, and the students were relocated as a precaution as the investigation unfolded.
Markley said school officials are as satisfied as one could be in a situation like the one that happened Thursday.
“All students are safe. All students are being reunited with their families,” he said. “In these times all you have to mention is Columbine and Newtown. Things like this are happening all over the country and you have to be prepared for something like this whether it’s happened or not.”
No charges have been filed yet.