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Schools locked down after shooting

March 16, 2004|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Visitors to Waynesboro Area School District schools were met with locked doors Monday and all students were locked in their classrooms after school officials received a threat stemming from the fatal shooting of a Waynesboro man Sunday in Hagerstown.

Larry Glenn, president of the Waynesboro Area School Board, said Monday night that plans were in place to continue the lockdown today unless administrators felt the threat has been lifted.

"A decision will be made in the morning," Glenn said. "A threat was made and this is being done as a precautionary measure."

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Extra-curricular activities in the schools were not curtailed by the lockdown. "There were activities going on tonight," Glenn said Monday.

Chief Barry Keller of the Washington Township Police Department notified the Washington Township Supervisors of the situation during his monthly report on his department's activities. He, too, said the lockdown came as a result of the Hagerstown shooting incident. Two of the district's schools are in the township.

Police in Hagerstown issued an arrest warrant Sunday for Azaniah Blankumsee, 25, address unknown, in connection with the fatal shooting of Jonathan M. Dennis, 19, of Cleveland Avenue.

Blankumsee, who was still at large Monday night, is charged in the warrant with first- and second-degree murder plus other offenses. He is described by police as black, 5 feet, 9 inches tall and 130 pounds.

According to police, Blankumsee fired five shots into a group of people Dennis was walking with in a courtyard in the Washington Gardens apartment complex. Dennis was pronounced dead at the scene.

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