W.Va. State Police in Standoff with Shooter

By: West Virginia AP Email
By: West Virginia AP Email

ELKINS, W.Va. (AP) -- Schoolchildren who were on lockdown after a shooting near the Coalton Elementary School are now home safe and sound.

Randolph County Superintendent of Schools James Phares says the children were released from the precautionary lockdown at the school about 12 miles from Elkins late Tuesday afternoon.

State Police say the children were never in danger.

Sgt. Michael Baylous says the school was secured after an unrelated shooting occurred at a home nearby.

Baylous says details about the shooting are unclear, but the victim was able to call 911 and has been taken to a hospital.

The shooter was believed to be inside the house, and police were in a standoff with him late in the day.

He says more details will be released later.

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