Suspects cause LC-M lock-downs, may be related to Sunday restaurant shooting
Four of six Little Cypress-Mauriceville campuses were on lock-down on the first day of classes because of suspicious persons in the neighborhoods bordering school property.
Four people had been apprehended by authorities Monday afternoon. Unconfirmed sources indicated late Monday the search may be related to Sunday’s shootings at Acapulco restaurant on MacArthur Drive.
According to Sherry Combs, community relations officer with Little Cypress-Mauriceville, Monday between 9:30 and 10 a.m., the LC-M administration was advised by district Risk Diversion Officer Chris Humble there had been burglaries in the Little Cypress community.
Students and staff at the district’s elementary, intermediate, junior high and high school campuses, were kept in their classrooms and buildings while the search was directed by sheriffs and other officials, Combs said.
Procedures to assure the safety of students and staff were put into place as soon as district officials were made aware of the situation. The lock-down was downgraded to alert status later in the afternoon when sheriffs suspended the search, she said.
School staff was able to then follow regular procedures for transporting students home. Officials emphasized that the suspects had not been seen on any LC-M campus or district property.
On Sunday, according to West Orange police, the department received a call around 11 p.m. about victims with gunshot wounds arriving at Memorial Hermann Baptist Orange Hospital. Restaurant employees were reportedly behind Acapulco drinking beer after work when they were approached by three men wearing bandanas who demanded money. After receiving an undisclosed amount of cash, three employees were shot. One victim was transported to a Lake Charles hospital and is reported in critical condition.