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10 South Carolina Schools on Lockdown as Police Search for Gunman

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File photo of South Carolina police. (credit: EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of South Carolina police. (credit: EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — A gunman fired on a police officer in Greenville checking on a vehicle with a suspicious license tag Friday, causing 10 schools to go on lockdown.

The shooting happened around 10 a.m. at an apartment complex, Police Chief Terri Wilfong said. The officer returned fire, but it didn’t appear anyone was hit.

The suspect was able to run into nearby woods and hasn’t been seen since. Several dozen officers from a nearby training session rushed to help search, authorities said.

Four public schools, three private schools, two colleges and a special education center were placed on lockdown.

Officials said it was a precaution and none of the students or teachers appeared to be in danger. Schools began shifting to a partial lockdown, allowing some people into and out of the buildings after about two hours.

The shooting happened in a fairly densely populated area just south of Interstate 85.

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