× School shooting suspect Ethan Crumbley's parents returning after manhunt underway, lawyers say
(CNN) — Ethan Crumbley’s parents are headed back to North Carolina after a manhunt for their son, who police say gunned down a teacher and wounded two other people in a school shooting.
Jack Crumbley and Diane Crumbley left Charlotte, North Carolina, on Friday and were expected to arrive at their home in Nash, about 90 miles west of Charlotte, later Saturday, attorneys Norman Hourigan and Michael Mills said.
Jack Crumbley was a detention officer before he was fired, Mills said.
“He basically took care of a lot of criminals that come to jail. I think he’s learned a lot from those experiences,” Mills said.
Ethan Crumbley, 20, faces two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of attempted first-degree murder and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, according to authorities.
He entered the school armed with a .45-caliber pistol Thursday and opened fire, police said. One of the two wounded victims, a teacher, later died at a hospital.
Ethan Crumbley was also injured in the shooting, police said.
He surrendered to police and has been hospitalized since the incident.
“We’re relieved that the situation is back to normal and that the general public is safe again,” Mills said.
Ethan Crumbley’s next-door neighbor said she heard police with guns pointed at a building earlier Thursday, CNN affiliate WBTV reported.
Lt. Ester Stalbow said Friday that Ethan Crumbley was captured while he was doing wheelies on a bicycle, WBTV reported.
Officers were watching Ethan Crumbley after finding a witness who thought he may have played a role in the shooting, and officers followed him as he “calmed down,” police spokesman Mike Nachmanoff said.
The shooting occurred at Townville Elementary School, an 800-student school about 50 miles northeast of Charlotte.
It began when the suspect confronted a teacher, who pulled a weapon, authorities said. He then shot a female assistant principal and a 4-year-old boy before his own weapon went off, Nachmanoff said.
The district put all of its schools on lockdown and evacuated the campus.
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