Traverse City Record-Eagle

December 5, 2011

UPDATE: Students to return to Blair

BY ART BUKOWSKI
abukowski@record-eagle.com

TRAVERSE CITY — Update: 12:46 p.m.

Grand Traverse Sheriff’s deputies found Shahbaht Anderson and took him into custody. Children will be moved back to Blair Elementary soon, school officials said.

Update: 12:36 p.m.

Police are looking for a man in connection with a lockdown of two schools.

Grand Traverse Sheriff’s officials are trying to find Shahbaht Charles Anderson, 33. Anderson is 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs 270 lbs. He has brown hair and hazel eyes.   

He was last seen in the Grawn area at about 5 a.m. today wearing blue jeans, a yellow shirt and a green and black colored coat.  Police described him as “despondent.”

Anderson is believed to be in possession of a 20 gauge shotgun and may either be on foot or on a yellow mountain bike.  He may possibly be headed to the Suttons Bay area.  Anyone who sees Anderson should call 911.   

Traverse City Area Public Schools officials locked down Blair Elementary and West Middle schools in connection with Anderson. Police said the lockdowns are related to Anderson, but haven’t said why.

Update: 10:40 a.m.

Police in a statement said they’re trying to locate a suicidal subject within the vicinity of Blair Elementary School.

“There is no direct link to the school, however, as a precaution, TCAPS has evacuated students and staff to East and West Middle Schools,” the statement reads.

10:20 a.m.

Two schools are on lockdown after a domestic dispute.

Traverse City Area Public Schools’ Blair Elementary School and West Middle School are on lockdown this morning after an incident within Blair's attendance area this morning, TCAPS spokeswoman Alison Arnold said.

Police notified school officials of a dispute, so school officials decided to transport Blair students to East and West Middle schools. The dispute may have involved a weapon, Arnold said. TCAPS also locked down West Middle School as a precaution, Arnold said.

Police have yet to release information on the incident.