Two schools in Los Alamos, N.M., are taking steps to better prepare for the possibility of a school shooting. On Thursday, the school board unanimously voted to place gun safes owned by the police department in the city’s public middle and high school.
Both schools currently have an officer with a standard-issue sidearm permanently stationed at them. But according to Police Chief Dino Sgambellone, the safes will provide an added layer of security in an active shooter situation.
“It will be stocked with shotguns and AR-15s,” Sgambellone told board members at Thursday’s meeting. “In some layouts of schools, a pistol is not an appropriate weapon because of the long hallways. Also, a pistol does not always appropriately counter what is brought to these types of situations.”
In an interview with the Los Alamos Monitor, Sgambellone stressed the safes—which are slated for installation prior to the end of the school year—would only be opened in the event of an emergency.
Girlfriend-Stalking Home Invader Fatally Shot During Attack
Brian Kim was just leaving his Georgia residence with a friend, Julia Brooks, last Sunday night when a cell phone app alerted him to a possible home invader. Returning to the house, they discovered a man rounding a corner and moving towards them in a “threatening manner.” The intruder was armed.
Fortunately, so was Kim.
Brooks recognized the attacker as her ex-boyfriend, Robert Peak—a person she had tried to escape by moving to another state. There was an exchange of gunfire between the two men, but Peak was the only one struck. When police arrived they discovered Peak, who had stumbled to the driveway, dead at the scene.
Authorities said the suspect carried identification with several aliases, and that a car with Louisiana license plates—possibly Peak’s rental—was located near Kim’s home. The Bibb County Sheriff’s Office also said a prowler was reported in the neighborhood the night before the shooting, and it is now believed to have been Peak.