Shooting in neighborhood prompts 'soft lockdown' at Stephen Decatur Middle School
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Shooting in neighborhood prompts 'soft lockdown' at Stephen Decatur Middle School

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Decatur police investigate a crime scene on Thursday near Stephen Decatur Middle School.

DECATUR — Stephen Decatur Middle School was placed on a "soft lockdown" after police confirmed that a man was shot and wounded a few hundred yards from the edge of school grounds Thursday afternoon. 

Detective Sgt. Steve Carroll with Decatur Police said a 24-year-woman and 26-year-old man had been shot and suffered "a non life-threatening wound" in the area of Running Reds Boulevard and North Charles Street. 

Carroll said no arrests had been made as of Friday morning and police were appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to come forward. Call Crime Stoppers (217)423-TIPS (8477) or (217) 424-2734.

Maria Robertson, director of community engagement for the school district,  said the police department notified school administrators of a "disturbance," and the soft lockdown was initiated. In a soft lockdown, no one is allowed to leave or enter the building, but students are able to move freely inside the building.

She said the district was given the all-clear to release students at the regular dismissal time, 3:30 p.m. 

Lt. Ed Hurst of the Decatur Police Department said students had not faced any immediate threat or harm. 

He said the decision to put Stephen Decatur Middle School on lockdown was made by the school's administration.

The story has been updated to include another victim.


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