Westwood High School lockout lifted, officials search for suspect in fatal shooting

Westwood High School on lockout, officials search for suspect in area
Westwood High School on lockout, officials search for suspect in area(Source: WSFA 12 News)
Published: Oct. 13, 2021 at 9:28 AM EDT
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - Westwood High School has lifted the lockout put in place Wednesday due to a search for a suspect in a fatal shooting.

The search has now shifted perimeters, according to school officials and the Richland County Sheriff’s Department.

School district officials say the school was put on lockout, meaning operations inside the building continue, around 8 a.m. Wednesday. Law enforcement told school officials that they were looking for a suspect in the 300 block of Glen Dornoch Way around 7 a.m. after reports of a shooting.

When deputies arrived at the scene, they found a man unresponsive outside of a home with gunshot wounds to the upper body. The man was taken to a local hospital where he died.

Deputies believe the shooter left on foot and deputies were in the area conducting a search. As a precaution, officials notified Richland Two School District.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone that has information is asked to call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

This story is developing and will be updated as information becomes available.

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