Investigation continues into shots fired at JISD admin office

by Cristin Parker

Reports of shots fired at the Jacksonville Independent School District central office put one elementary school campus on lock down Friday morning.

Jacksonville ISD police and Jacksonville Police Department continue to investigate the matter and are asking for the public’s help in identifying the culprits. According to official reports, a passenger in a car shot several rounds in the air while passing JISD’s central office at 800 College Ave. Both the office and a neighboring elementary school campus were immediately placed on lockdown, school officials said.

“As West Side Elementary is in close proximity, they, too, were put on lockdown,” JISD Public Information Officer Grace Traylor said late Friday morning. “Jacksonville PD and JISD PD responded and an investigation is under way.”

Monday, the JISD Police Department released information on the car, described as a late 90s to early 2000s model white Pontiac Grand Am, with a dent in the passenger side rocker panel, involved in the incident.

“This vehicle, occupied by at least two subjects, was northbound in the 800 block of College Ave., when the occupant of the front passenger’s seat stuck a firearm out the window and discharged several shots in the air,” investigation reports state. “The vehicle was last seen turning east onto Burleson Street.

Anyone with any information about this incident is urged to contact the JISDPD, (903) 586-2546; the JPD, (903) 589-2621 or Cherokee County CRIMESTOPPERS, (903) 586-STOP; or visit the JISD PD’s Facebook page. Reference JISD case #1812S028.

The lockdowns in both locations were lifted by 11 a.m. Friday.

“All students and staff are safe and responded quickly to established protocols,” Traylor said.