Elementary school on lockdown after Salem State stabbing
SALEM, Mass. (WHDH) -- The search for Salem State stabbing suspect, Timothy Wells, put a nearby elementary school on alert Wednesday afternoon.
As police looked for 25-year-old Timothy Wells, parents waiting at the Horace Mann Elementary School finally got a chance to see their kids.
“They have plenty of cops but I'm still worried. I want to see my kid,” said mother Gloria Gonzales.
The stay in place order remained in effect for roughly three and a half hours.
Salem State students also endured the lockdown and appreciated the efforts of campus and city police.
“People were seeing an email and only knowing by word of mouth. We only got the text messages like halfway through our classes, I think, and then we were in the shelter in place,” said Hannah Pelletier, Salem State junior.
“We barricaded doors and just all, it was kind of funny because there was a spirit of camaraderie in there,” said Allan Rodriguez, Salem State freshman.
Sources say that Wells does have a history of psychiatric troubles and he's been arrested by Salem Police twice in the last few years, both for non-violent incidents.