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Okaloosa schools put on lockdown
Crestview - The Okaloosa County Sheriffs Office is still looking for a suspect accused of beating a man with a gun in his driveway.
The victim was working in his garage on Ridge Lake Road in Crestview when he says a black male entered the garage and robbed him at gun point around 9:30 ,Monday morning.
The suspect struck the 67 year old man in the head and fled the scene.
Deputies scoured the area looking for the suspect described as a 6 ft tall slender black male.
The incident took place close to several local schools causing them to go into lock down for nearly two hours.
Angie Chessher's seven year old son Gunner is in the second grade at Bob Sikes Elementary.
She found out about the lock down after a friend called her.
"I just burst into tears it was like oh wow and I said it's everywhere actually, so it was pretty unnerving for a little while," said Chessher.
The lock down lasted nearly two hours when Chessher saw her son after school he told her all about the experience.
"He wasn't really scared like I said the teachers do a really good job of keeping them calm and everything," said Chessher.
Kris Hedges' 9 and 10 year old daughters attend the school.
She found out about the lock down on Facebook,
"I know Ridge Lake where that incident took place was very close to Bob Sikes, so I was afraid for them and was afraid for my girls," said Hedges.
She tried to stay calm and kept checking the news and social media sites for any updates..
Once she got the confirmation her children were okay she was relieved
But says her daughters were visibly shaken.
"It's wonderful the system that they have where they're kept safe. I can't say enough about that, but they were scared," said Hedges.
The school district didn't notify parents until Monday afternoon.
"I was just concerned I wasn't notified of the situation with a phone call," said Hedges.
The district says taking care of the students is first priority and they wait to send the message out.. So parents didn't flood the schools trying to pick up their children.
If you have any information on this incident you're asked to contact the Okaloosa County Sheriffs Office or Crime Stoppers at 863-TIPS.