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Man in custody after hospital gun scare

Posted March 26, 2009

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— Henderson police charged a man after a local hospital was put on emergency lockdown for more than an hour Thursday afternoon.

John Christopher Cole, 17, of 315 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Greensboro, was charged with possession of a weapon on school grounds, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and underage possession of alcohol.

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Maria Parham Medical Center employees saw on a security monitor that a man had retrieved a firearm from an automobile shortly after 12:30 p.m. and was running toward the physicians' entrance to the hospital, police said.

Hospital officials notified police and placed the building on lockdown, allowing officers to conduct a floor-by-floor search.

The man wasn't found in the building, but investigators identified him as a Kerr Vance Academy student, police said.

Investigators went to the school and detained Cole, who turned over a BB gun to them, police said.

At one point, about a dozen police cars were parked outside the hospital, and two were blocking the ambulance entrance.

The lockdown ended shortly before 2 p.m., and police left the hospital.

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  • Of The South Mar 26, 2009

    I attended Kerr Vance Academy when I was a teenager back in the early 90's and it was a nice school with nice smart people. I hope that is still the case. This kind of behavior is not representative of that student body. Hopefully the current headmaster will use good judgment about this situation.

  • doinbizzness Mar 26, 2009

    DUDE HAD A BAG OF WEED AND A PELLET GUN..... LMAO I KNOW HE HAD TO BE PARANOID AS ALL GET OUT WHEN THE LAW CAME UP ON HIM.....THIS IS FUNNY TO ME...

  • SalemWWX Mar 26, 2009

    "Wow, this guy lives in Greensboro and drives to KVA in Henderson everyday? What in the world? Don't they have schools in Greensboro?"

    Maybe he's been kicked out of all of them.....

  • LaLa-Land Mar 26, 2009

    Wow, this guy lives in Greensboro and drives to KVA in Henderson everyday? What in the world? Don't they have schools in Greensboro?

  • bradh2 Mar 26, 2009

    "Nope, still don't need no sensible restrictions on Gun ownership. the current free for all is working just fine....... haggis basher"

    Lets change it up a little with other things that can be deadly:

    "Nope, still don't need no sensible restrictions on Car ownership. the current free for all is working just fine....... haggis basher"..

    "Nope, still don't need no sensible restrictions on Knife ownership. the current free for all is working just fine....... haggis basher"

    "Nope, still don't need no sensible restrictions on Lawnmower ownership. the current free for all is working just fine....... haggis basher"

    "Nope, still don't need no sensible restrictions on Match ownership. the current free for all is working just fine....... haggis basher"

    "Nope, still don't need no sensible restrictions on Swimming Pool ownership. the current free for all is working just fine....... haggis basher"

  • bomanicous Mar 26, 2009

    A prank with a bb gun is newsworthy???

    That ought to stir up the copycats...

  • SalemWWX Mar 26, 2009

    ""Nope, still don't need no sensible restrictions on Gun ownership. the current free for all is working just fine....... haggis basher"

    Yeah..... I was reading just the other day of the millions of crimes that didn't happen because the criminal thought to himself...."Y'know self, there are laws against you having that gun so you'd better not do that"....Think about it man.....they're CRiMINALS! The law doesn't matter to them.... How hard is that to understand? There could be an outright ban on every gun in any situation and guess what? Criminals would still have guns...

  • bradh2 Mar 26, 2009

    Nope, still don't need no sensible restrictions on Gun ownership. the current free for all is working just fine.......

    Um, Haggis, from news reports it was a BB or Airsoft gun, you know, a toy. I wasn't aware there needed to be background checks for toy guns. Although they will lock down a school if a child draws a stick figure with a gun.

    If it was a real gun, there are laws against allowing minors to access firearms. In NC you can't bring a gun to a hospital. There are also laws against drug possession. Did any of these laws stop this person?

    You keep saying guns are "easy to get". Really? Have you ever tried to purchase one? Do you know the hoops you have to go through in NC? Please tell me the process for getting a pistol in NC.

  • woodrowboyd2 Mar 26, 2009

    i am thankful that the one that looks after me isnt a member of golo

  • Adelinthe Mar 26, 2009

    Is there a way to completely lock down a building just by pushing one button or lever, or is that just on Eureka?

    Blessed everyone's safe.

    God bless.

    RB

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