Fatal shooting in Tarrytown prompts lockout at schools

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TARRYTOWN -

School officials ordered lockouts at several schools in and around Tarrytown Tuesday after police say a man shot and killed a woman on White Plains Road.

Schools in Tarrytown, Sleepy Hollow, Hastings and Elmsford limited access to just students and staff for the day following news of the shooting. They were allowed to enter but not leave. Parents who had to pick up their children for appointments were allowed to enter only with a police escort.

"It was nerve-wracking to hear there could be a possible gunman around, in these safe areas," says Elizabeth Poccia, a student. "The panic inside of you, knowing your life could end so quickly, like those other students who have been in other shootings."

The Elizabeth Mascia Child Center in Tarrytown was also placed on lockdown, and police stationed an officer outside the building.

Tarrytown Police Chief John Barbelet said officers were deployed to all of the schools. Barbelet says there is no immediate threat to residents, although the suspected gunman remains at large and may be armed.

Mamaroneck dismissed students early based on the lockout. Students in Ardsley, Dobbs Ferry, Irvington, Hastings, Elmsford and Tarrytown had regular dismissal.

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