UPDATE: Lynchburg woman charged following shots fired at shopping center near E.C. Glass High School

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UPDATE 4:20 p.m.: Police say that only one of the two individuals arrested in Friday afternoon’s shooting at a Lynchburg shopping center has been charged.

According to the Lynchburg Police Department, 26-year-old Patrice Rowan of Lynchburg has been charged with reckless handling of a firearm, discharging a firearm in a public place, discharging a firearm in city limits, and possession of marijuana.

Authorities say the second individual taken into custody was not charged.

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Students, faculty, and parents at E.C. Glass High School were on high alert early Friday afternoon after the school went into lockdown after reports of shots fired in a nearby shopping center.

According to Rose Flaugher, associate principal at E.C. Glass High School, the administration placed the school on lockdown at 12:15 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 14 per Lynchburg Police Department’s advisement. Flaugher says the lockdown was a precaution due to activity in the area rather than an incident on campus.

Carrie Dungan with the Lynchburg Police Department says that officers responded to a report of shots fired at 12:11 p.m. at the Plaza Shopping Center on Memorial Avenue. Administrators at both E.C. Glass High School and Centra College of Nursing were advised to lock down the schools as a precaution.

According to Dungan, officers arrived on the scene, secured the firearm, and took both suspects into custody. Charges are pending against the suspects, but police say there are no reports of injuries.

Flaugher says that all E.C. Glass High School students are safe and the lockdown has been lifted.

“As the rest of our day is resuming as normal, I want to commend our students and staff for their excellent response following procedures,” says Flaugher. “We also want to thank the Lynchburg Police Department for their quick notification, direction, and a swift conclusion of the situation.” 

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