COLUMBIA — Police arrested two teenagers in connection with the lockdown at Jefferson Junior High Tuesday afternoon.
At 4:19 p.m., Jefferson Junior High School was placed on lockdown after a person who was not a student ran into the school, according to a text message from the Columbia Public School District.
An investigation by Columbia Police determined the person who ran into the school was being chased by two men — one of whom had a gun — at nearby Douglass Park. The 21-year-old victim was able to identify the two suspects, police said.
Ladane Smith, 18, was arrested on suspicion of first-degree trespassing with a bond of $500 and unlawful use of a weapon with a bond of $4,500. Martinez Jackson, 17, was arrested on suspicion of first-degree trespassing with a bond of $500 and third-degree assault with a bond of $500.
Tuesday, Columbia Public Schools spokesperson Michelle Baumstark said the victim who was being chasedis not a student at Jefferson Junior High or any other school in the district. The person spoke to an employee in the school's main office, who then called the police, Baumstark said.
The school was on lockdown for about six minutes, while the police searched the area.
Missourian reporter Benita Brown contributed to the report.
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