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Suspect in custody after being shot by police near Highlands Elementary in Mission

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MISSION, Kan. -- Police shot a suspect Friday afternoon near a Shawnee Mission elementary school, just as the school was dismissing.

Officers shot the suspect near 62nd Street and Roe Avenue, which is near Highlands Elementary School. The shooting happened outside a home across the street.

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The male suspect was taken into custody and then taken to a local hospital. Johnson County Med Act said the man was in stable condition.

The situation actually started earlier that afternoon, police said. Around 1:30 p.m., a teacher's assistant was outside with a student when the employee heard what sounded like gunfire. They rushed inside, and the school went on lockdown.

Police said the suspect fired at least five gunshots. One bullet hit a concrete wall in front of the elementary school; another one shattered a window on a minivan.

About an hour later, two 911 calls came from people living across the street. One of them was the suspect's mother, saying her son had a gun, police said. Police don't know why or what the man was shooting at yet.

When police arrived at the home, shots were exchanged between the suspect and officers. The man was struck in his leg by gunfire. No officers were injured.

Dismissal was in progress at Highlands, but students were taken back inside due to the active police scene. Staff were calm and were able to get students inside to safety, said David A. Smith, spokesman for Shawnee Mission School District.

Students were later dismissed to their parents after the scene was secured. Fortunately, all of students, teachers and administrators -- though frightened -- were all safe.

Smith said there will be counseling and support for staff and students at school on Monday.

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