EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSLawrence School Takes Precautionary Measures As Suspect On Loose
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Reported by: Dan Matics
Videographer: Dan Matics
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Also Contributing: Tiersa Davis
Reported: Sep. 27, 2013 2:11 PM EDT
Updated: Sep. 27, 2013 11:19 PM EDT
Ironton , Lawrence County , Ohio
School officials in Lawrence County were taking precautionary measures Friday as police searched for a suspect wanted in a Huntington shooting.
Antonio Michael Smith, 31, is wanted on six counts of malicious wounding and one count of wanton endangerment following the shootings at Northcott Court Tuesday night.
Smith has a tattoo on his face. He is about 6 feet and 1 inch tall and weighs 170 pounds.
Anyone with information on Smith’s location is asked to call police immediately.
School officials said they have taken extra safety measures with increased security since Antonio Smith's family members attend Rock Hill schools. Smith is wanted by Huntington police in connection to a shooting in which six people were injured.
Rock Hill High, Middle, and Elementary schools in Ironton were secured since 8:30 a.m. Friday. Officials said there has been no threat made to the schools, they are just making sure students and staff are protected.
"Just as a precaution, we are following a security plan," Rock Hill School District Superintendent Wes Hairston said. "We just wanted to keep everybody safe."
Hairston said two of Smith's children attend Rock Hill Elementary School, but they were not in school on Friday. He said a deputy from the Lawrence County Sheriff's department were at the elementary school and precautions were being taken at the middle and high schools.
The superintendent said some comments made on Facebook had caused some confusion and concerns among parents, but there had been no actual threats made.
Most parents seemed at ease. James Smith, Rock Hill, picked up his daughter following school Friday evening. Smith said seeing action is comforting.
"I'm glad that Lawrence County brought the sheriffs department in to keep everything safe," Smith said. "I don't think the kids were worried about it."
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