Shootings prompt officials at one Mt. Vernon school to take precautions

Graham Elementary School officials are taking no chances following a number of shootings in the area.

There have been four shootings in five days in Mount Vernon. Each incident happened near Graham Elementary School prompting officials to take precautions on Tuesday. When parents dropped their kids off at school, students were immediately taken right inside the school. Usually they line up on the playground and then proceed inside. There was also a police officer stationed outside the school.

The extra security measures stem from a rash of shootings. One shooting involved a 12-year-old boy who was playing basketball at the Graham Elementary School playground. Another shooting involved a 14-year-old who was shot in the leg in front of the school. Then a 22-year-old was shot near the school. Police have arrested Percell James in connection with one of the shootings. He's been charged with attempted murder.

Police now believe the shootings are related, but are not the work of a gang.

Meanwhile parents say they are glad to see the school is taking extra precautions to keep the kids safe. Mount Vernon Schools Superintendent Brenda Smith says a letter will be sent to parents explaining what is happening.

Click here to view more on the Mount Vernon investigation.

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