Police arrest man for waving gun near school
October 12, 2017 06:18 AM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- It's been a crazy week at an Albuquerque high school. First, there were threats online about an impending shooting. Days later, a man reportedly showed up with a gun.
Police say Karrar al Hameedi waved around a gun and drove dangerously on school property at Atrisco Heritage on Tuesday. He's now in jail, but parents say they're still not feeling much peace, especially after those threats came just days earlier.
Tuesday's incident only that tension heightened.
"He was like, 'Mom, there was a guy in the parking lot with a gun,' and that's all he told me," one parent said.
Police say al Hameedi was on campus after school when he waved the gun while doing donuts with his car and jumping a curb near students. Officers arrested him off campus shortly after, and he appeared in court Wednesday.
Al-Hameedi faces multiple felonies including three counts of child endangerment, unlawful carrying of a deadly weapon on school grounds, and three counts of aggravated assault of a deadly weapon.
This comes after days after students reportedly made several online threats against the school. Parents received a voicemail Thursday from Principal Irene Cisneros, saying "We learned last night about a threat posted to Snapchat social media site to shoot up the school on Halloween. Since then, we've been alerted to various versions of the threat that might happen on another day."
The school says it beefed up security and followed up with this voicemail days later: "There have been some concerns from students being brought to our attention. I wanted to let you know that there are no credible or viable threats for tomorrow."
Those students allegedly behind the threats have been disciplined. Still, one mom says she kept her son home the day Al-Hameedi showed up to the school. She called a mother's instinct "because of the fact that I felt something was going to happen and sure enough, this is what happened."
Updated: October 12, 2017 06:18 AM
Created: October 11, 2017 05:50 PM
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