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Domestic Dispute At FEMA Trailer Park Causes Tense Moments At Nearby Schools

A normal day at two Biloxi schools ended in fear and confusion. The schools were under lock-down Tuesday afternoon as police responded to a domestic dispute call in which shots were allegedly fired.

It happened at a FEMA trailer park on Lawrence Street. That's right next door to Beauvoir and Gorenflo Elementary Schools. Trang Pham-Bui was there as frantic parents rushed to the schools to find their children.

"I have no idea what's going on, but they got kids running around. and they don't know who's on the bus," parent Christina Patrick said.

Frightened and confused parents raced to Beauvoir Elementary, eager to get their children home.

"I don't know what's going on, but I just want to get my kids to safety, that's it," parent Angela Green said.

The commotion started around 3:15pm when police answered a domestic dispute call at a FEMA trailer park, right next to Beauvoir and Gorenflo Elementary Schools.

"We received another call that one of the suspects had a weapon, and the weapon had been fired," Jackie Rhodes with the Biloxi Police Department said.

"We locked everything down and just held tight until we heard from the police officer. Soon after, we did have somebody come, and say they wanted us to evacuate the west side of the building," Beauvoir Principal Susan Brand said.

Police arrested a man and a woman by the school. The couple claims another man tried to shoot them. So police surrounded the trailer park, thinking the third suspect was inside. Turns out, he wasn't there at all. He was later caught riding a bus in Gulfport.

"I'm upset, very upset, that that goes on, because I got two grand kids in this school," neighbor Joelynn Rodolfich.

By 4pm, both schools received the "all clear" and the children were sent home safe and sound.

"It's always scary when you don't know what's going on. But I hope they'll have confidence that we did practice this, and the children knew what to do," Brand said.

Three suspects are in custody, but police have not released their names or the charges they face. And police say they have not found a weapon. Again, no one was hurt in the incident.

by Trang Pham-Bui

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