2 in custody after shots fired near school in Louisville

2 in custody after shots fired near school in Louisville

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Two men were taken into custody after shots were fired near a school in the Merriwether neighborhood.

The incident took place in the 700 block of Ziegler Avenue, near Shelby Traditional Academy, shortly before 11 a.m. Thursday, according to Louisville Metro Police Department spokesman Dwight Mitchell.

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It was a frightening situation for Germantown neighbors, like Rusty Childress, who said he heard three gunshots.

"First, I seen three officers running that way," Childress said as he pointed at Shelby Traditional Elementary. "It looked like they were chasing somebody."

According to an arrest report, that suspect was Rodrick Buchannon, 21, who admitted to police he had an AR style rifle in front of the school. A JCPS security guard told police he saw Buchannon waive the gun toward to school building and children in a spraying motion.

A large number of officers secured several blocks all around the school with officers on each street corner in the Germantown area.

Shelby Traditional operated on increased security due to the police activity, according to Jefferson County Public Schools spokeswoman Allison Martin.

Childress lives right behind the school. He saw police put up tape right by its playground next to the school's back wall of glass windows.

"I seen them all kneel down over there." Childress said. "We've never had nothing like that around here before. It was very close to a school, they were put on lockdown, but were just thankful no one was injured."

Buchannon was taken to Louisville Metro Department of Corrections and charged with fleeing or evading police, tampering with physical evidence, unlawful possession of weapon on school property and wanton endangerment.

A second man, Nicholaus Davis, 36, was also taken into custody. Police said Davis was sleeping in a vehicle near the scene with a gun on the dashboard. When police ordered him out of the vehicle detectives saw a defaced firearm in between the seats.

Davis was charged with possession of a defaced firearm and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

No injuries were reported in the incident.

Anyone with additional information in this case is asked to call the anonymous police tip line at (502) 574-LMPD.

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