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WilCo deputies searching for man who pointed gun at elementary school kids

A Liberty Hill ISD elementary school changed where students had recess this week after some kids reported someone pointing a gun at the playground. (Photo courtesy: Williamson County Sheriff's Office)

A Liberty Hill ISD elementary school changed where students had recess this week after some kids reported someone pointing a gun at the playground.

The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office said last Friday, a silver Camry pulled up and stopped along the Rancho Sienna Elementary playground. While the car was on the other side of the fence, a man in the car rolled down his window and pulled out a gun more than once.

The boys who were on the playground at the time told authorities the first time the gun was displayed it had an orange tip, but the second time the gun didn’t.

“I don’t care if it’s a BB gun, I don’t care if it’s an electronic gun that makes noise. We used to when were growing up a gun is a gun,” said WilCo Sheriff Robert Chody. “If you don’t know the person pointing the gun, you treat it like it’s a live gun, you get away if possible and immediately call 911.”

Parent Matthew Boyd, who lives right across the street from the playground, said he’s been walking his kids to school this week out of an abundance of caution. “I’m not exactly sure if this was a toy gun or a real gun, either way it needs to be taken seriously and I hope they catch the guy,” said Boyd.

A letter was sent to parents from Principle Melanie Bowman about the incident: “While we have always allowed neighborhood access to our playground after hours, we would encourage you to supervise your children during their play throughout the neighborhood at all times.”

In a separate email to parents, Bowman said recess will be held in the interior courtyard, the space between academic wings, for the remainder of the week. She added that “many of these protocols are not publicized in the best interest of the safety and security of our students.”

WilCo Crime Stoppers said Tuesday they’re offering a $2,000 reward for any information that leads to an arrest.

If caught, Sheriff Chody said the driver would be charged with aggravated assault. “Obviously, the climate we’re in you can’t take too many precautions,” said Boyd.

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