DEL CITY, Okla. – Two juveniles and a 19-year-old were taken into custody following an alleged threat near a Del City school.
On Thursday, just before 11 a.m., Del City police received a tip that there was a 17-year-old juvenile across the street from Del City High School with a firearm. Police say the juvenile was “possibly making threats to shoot up the school.”
Cheryl Jackson, the owner of DC Grill, said a different high school student ran in to warn her. She said immediately called 911 and brought students who were eating on the patio in for safety.
“I said, ‘well who are they after someone? Are they after you guys?’ And they said, ‘No, they threatened to shoot up the school,'” Jackson said.
Officers arrived on scene four minutes later and detained the juvenile, who was found to be in possession of a semi-automatic pistol.
During the initial investigation, police learned there were possibly two other people with the juvenile before officers arrived.
Police found a second juvenile, 16, who was also in possession of a semi-automatic pistol, and a 19-year-old, Andrew Stiffler, in a parking lot between the school building and the football field.
Senior Loreli Still said she knows Stiffler and isn’t surprised he was allegedly involved.
“He would do something like this, bring a gun to school or even be associated with it,” Still said. “I think he talked about it last year, too. I`m pretty sure he did but nobody reported it.”
Parents told News 4 they were frustrated they didn’t know more sooner.
“More often than not there are shootings where these kids are going to school one minute and the next minute we’re getting phone calls that our kids not going to come home,” said parent Adrianne Walker. “So for me to find out an hour or two later is unacceptable.”
Del City police say the investigation is ongoing and more charges are expected.
Anyone with information is asked to call Del City police at (405) 677-2443.