Mercer, Lawrence County schools locked down during police searches

In New Castle, a daycare was also put on lockdown after reports of shots fired at East Lutton and South Mill streets
In New Castle, a daycare was also put on lockdown after reports of shots fired at East Lutton and South Mill streets

MERCER, Pa. (WYTV) – Mercer Elementary and Middle schools were locked down Tuesday afternoon after police said a man who threatened suicide threatened his mother and fired a gun in the area.

Assistant Superintendent Ronald Rowe said police called the district at 1:15 p.m. and told staff to put both schools on lockdown. No one could come in or out during that time, although students had class as normal during the 45 minutes that the schools were on lockdown.

Pennsylvania State Police said 19-year-old Robbie Abraham left his home after pointing a handgun at his mother, threatening to kill her and then firing a gun in the area. A police report said Abraham also threatened to kill himself.

He was spotted walking in the 300 block of Vickerman Road at 1:50 p.m. Police said Abraham initially refused to drop the weapon but later complied.

He was charged with aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person, terroristic threats and disorderly conduct and was taken to Mercer County Jail.

In New Castle, a daycare was also put on lockdown after reports of shots fired at East Lutton and South Mill streets.

Ben Franklin Early Learning Center was locked down during that time, although most children were already gone. Children playing on the field were sent into the school for safety.

No one was hit or hurt, according to Lawrence County Emergency Operation Center. A suspect is reportedly in custody, although police released no further details.

A neighbor described what they saw during the lockdown.

“A kid with a gun and another one in a Jeep, and they were shooting at each other, and one ran up the hill and the other took off through the parking lots,” said Anthony Conti.

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