Suspect in custody after shots fired incident near Tates Creek campus
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - A suspect is in custody after shots were fired Friday morning on Lexington’s Tates Creek schools campus.
According to jail records, 18-year-old Faezon Odom is charged with multiple counts of Wanton Endangerment.
According to school officials, around 9 a.m., when Tates Creek Middle School students were arriving at school, there were reports of shots fired in the Centre Parkway area.
Neighbors tell us they heard the gunshots being fired and then saw the shooter take off through the Tates Creek Crossing apartments.
FCPS officials say Tates Creek Middle School was placed on lockdown due to the incident. While Tates Creek High School and Elementary School were placed on heightened alert status.
They say no students or staff were harmed.
Just after noon, officers located the suspect, who is not a student, at his home. We don’t yet know the suspect’s name.
The lockdown and heightened alerts were then lifted. School officials had asked families to stay away from campus, but parents quickly came and lined up along the campus way to make sure their children were safe.
Brittany Colston is a parent of two at Tates Creek and says the school failed to clearly communicate with the community about what happened.
“Even the communication of this incident was really on the borders of school property and not in the school itself, could’ve been a huge difference in everyone’s resettlement,” Colston said.
This is now the second gun-related incident leading to a lockdown at a Fayette County school in just over a week after police say a 15-year-old brought a loaded gun to Henry Clay High School on October 27.
School officials say the Fayette County Public Schools Police Department will charge the suspect in the Tates Creek incident with felony wanton endangerment.
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