Investigation underway after ‘intruders’ with weapon enter Wingfield High School

Published: Sep. 27, 2022 at 4:33 PM CDT
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JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - “Intruders” entered Wingfield High School with a weapon Tuesday afternoon, causing classrooms in the school to be placed on alert.

According to the Jackson Public School District, the “male intruders” entered the school through a locked back door which was opened by a student there.

“An altercation ensued between the intruders and one of our scholars,” JPS wrote in a statement. “School staff immediately intervened.”

A weapon was eventually taken from one of the intruders and given to police. The weapon was not discharged, JPS said, and no students were harmed in the incident. One of the intruders is in custody.

Parents told WLBT that Wingfield students hid under their desks during the incident.

“As precautionary and safety measures, we placed all classrooms on alert as we continued to assess and investigate the matter fully,” the statement also revealed.

“It’s scary,” a parent said. “The world is crazy now. We should not have to be dealing with this. I’m just upset because the school still right now, right now they still haven’t told us anything. We don’t know anything, and then it took me almost an hour to even get my kid out of the school.”

A full investigation is now underway by district and local law enforcement agencies.

Police say that a nearby shooting on Woody Drive occurred around the same time as the incident in Wingfield and that the two seem to be connected.

The victim, who was shot on Woody Drive, was taken to the hospital.

“We’re not sure where he got shot or who shot him but based on what we have, it all stems from an altercation between some students and non-students possibly here at Winfield high school,” said Assistant Police Chief Joseph Wade.

JPD is now investigating both incidents.

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