masked and camouflaged young man with a 9mm handgun entered a portable
classroom at an elementary school in Glendale, Ariz., and took as many
as 10 children and a teacher hostage Tuesday, police said. "School
holds teacher hostage
A hostage crisis at an elementary school in Glendale, Arizona, has ended
with no apparent injuries.
That's according to police, who were in a standoff with a former student who
they say was armed with a 9mm handgun and was holding a teacher hostage.
The student was at first reported to be holding as many as 10 children
hostage but that report was later discounted.
Officers responded to Pioneer Elementary School about 11 a.m. and found the
student, wearing a mask, holding a hostage in a portable classroom.
Police spokesman Matt Brown says there is no indication at this time on the
motive for the hostage-taking.
Parents were asked to stay away from the scene while police try to negotiate
an end to the standoff.
But many parents went to the school anyway, some carrying cell phones,
calling everyone they can think of, hoping to get information.
The students, from kindergarten on up through the eighth grade, were locked
in their classrooms for their own safety while the standoff continued.
Glendale is a town of about 210,000 and home to Luke Air Force Base.
The hostage-taker, a former student, let the children go, but remained in
a standoff with the Glendale police. A teacher was still in the classroom at
Pioneer Elementary School with the gunman.
Few other details were immediately available, but police spokesman Matt
Brown said the gunman was talking with officers. Police do not know what
prompted the situation, he said.
Police say a hostage situation at Pioneer Elementary School in Glendale,
Arizona has ended with no shots fired. Earlier reports said a school-aged
juvenile with a 9mm handgun was holding a teacher hostage. Police say the
suspect is now in custody. Students in adjacent classrooms were evacuated
and school officials were releasing them to their parents
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