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Shots fired at St Andrew Prep during abduction attempt

Published:Wednesday | April 5, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Gunfire erupted on the compound of St Andrew Preparatory School in Half-Way Tree this morning after a brazen attempt by a gunman to abduct a female parent.

Principal Janet Walsh Davis said the shooting happened about 12 feet from a group of students who had to be ushered into a classroom and placed under desks.

Walsh Davis and police investigators said no one was injured in the shooting.

According to police sources, the drama began after the parent showed up at the institution with her child and was surprised by the gunman.

It's believed that the gunman is a former employee of the woman who had had his services terminated.

Investigators said the man forced his way into the woman's car and attempted to abduct her.

It's reported that she drove the car onto the school compound and crashed it into another vehicle before escaping.

Police sources said a licensed firearm holder, who was watching the incident unfold, then challenged the gunman and the shootout ensued.

However, Walsh Davis said the licensed firearm holder fired in the air to draw attention to the incident.

When the Gleaner/Power106 news team arrived at the school, a number of parents were there collecting their children.

They all declined to comment, directing our news team to school administrators.

Walsh Davis said classes would be dismissed early to allow for students to receive counselling.