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HILLSVILLE — Administrators at Carroll County Public Schools don't expect a threat to schoolchildren here as a result of Tuesday morning's violence in Draper, but have asked individual schools to remain vigilant at their facilities.
Officials at Hillsville Elementary School had taken the precaution of locking down the school initially Tuesday morning after the news broke about a Draper man being identified by authorities as Douglas Albert Jaccard being suspected of fatally shooting a neighbor, injuring another, hospitalizing a Wythe County deputy and burning a home.
Several Wythe County schools are on lockdown, as authorities continue to look for Jaccard, who is described as being 5-foot, 8-inches tall, weighing 170 pounds, brown and gray hair and beard.
Assistant Superintendent Strader Blankenship told The Gazette that they have asked the individual schools to be aware of traffic at their facilities and to make sure that only the front door is unlocked.
School officials have been in contact with a Carroll County deputy who is assisting at the scene in Draper, and the information that they have received indicates that schoolchildren in Carroll are not in danger from the suspect.
Authorities are asking anyone who sees Jaccard to call 911.