Dangerous day back-to-school as teens confronted with gun wielding man

Lawton_It wasn't ice, but bullets, that two Lawton High School students had to avoid as they returned to school on Friday morning.  Police are searching for a man who fired shots at the teenagers as they walked to a school bus stop at about 7AM.  Police say the suspect confronted the students, and pulled out a gun - it was a frightening way to start the day.

The morning was anything but usual for the two LHS students.  "As they were walking they were approached by a guy that we believe they're familiar with," said Lawton Police Captain Will Hines.  "This person started to get into a verbal confrontation with these two individuals.  He tried to actually grab one of their backpacks, and they backed up a little bit."

The teen told police that he dropped his bag and told the man to leave.  That's when police say the man revealed a brown bag of his own.  "The suspect pulls out a gun, points it at them, and starts firing the gun off," said Hines.  "No one was hit, but we are still looking for this guy right now."

Police say several witnesses in the area saw what happened, and heard four to six shots fired.  Investigators failed to find any bullet casings, so they say they believe the shooter used a revolver.  Police say they ware working with the school and the school's police department.  "This is certainly a unique situation, and we're going to get it resolved and get this guy off the streets, so that people can feel safe waiting for the bus," said Hines.  "They should feel safe, they shouldn't have to worry about these things."

Witnesses described the suspect as about 5'9", 180 pounds, with dark hair - they say he goes by the name Lil' Ricky.  Police say they don't know if the shooting was gang-related, but Hines says gang officers are on duty trying to hunt down the man who fired shots at the teenagers.  If you have any information about the suspect of Friday mornings shooting, call Crimestoppers at 580-355-INFO.  As always you can remain anonymous and your tip could earn you a cash reward.

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