Some parents upset over lack of notification during Baldwin shootout
It was a day of chaos in Baldwin Monday after a police shootout forced nine school districts to go into lockdown mode.
The incident occurred around 9 a.m. when police were in pursuit of five robbery suspects. Police officials say the car involved eventually crashed on Marion Place in Baldwin and the suspects took off on foot. Before escaping, one suspect pulled out a gun and an officer fired shots at that individual. Schools in the Baldwin district were immediately notified about what was happening, which left some parents and school administrators in other areas confused and frustrated.
One Rockville Centre resident said she feels police should always notify all surrounding communities immediately. According to Detective Lieutenant Kevin Smith, police took all the necessary precautions. He says since Grand Avenue seemed to be the escape route, two schools on that road were of immediate concern to police.
The nine school districts that were in lockdown or modified lockdown included Baldwin, East Rockaway, Lynbrook, Freeport, Hempstead, Oceanside, Malverne, Valley Stream and Merrick.