Update: Teen charged in incident that forced 3 schools to shelter in place
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A teenager is in custody after an incident that led to three New Hanover County schools sheltering in place.
New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Jerry Brewer said Samuel Hobbs, 16, was wearing a mask and had a pellet gun as he approached the pool area of the Kirkwood/Arrondale neighborhood. A maintenance worker who had his carry concealed weapon permit saw Hobbs as he approached the pool area. The maintenance worker pulled his handgun and demanded Hobbs stop approaching them. Hobbs ran into a nearby wooded area.
Deputies arrived and placed Ashley High School, Murray Middle School and Anderson Elementary School on shelter in place.
Deputies found Hobbs at his home on Bradbury Court and the gun was found in the nearby woods. Deputies charged Hobbs with going armed to the terror of the public.
New Hanover County Schools says the shelter in place was simply a precaution, the person was never on campus.
Hobbs was arrested and transported to the New Hanover County Detention Facility where he received a conditional release to his mother.