Gun violence in the Bayview district has forced a troubled elementary school into lockdown mode twice in five days, police said.
Teachers and students at Washington Carver Elementary School are growing accustomed to the drill of being confined in rooms until the coast is clear. On Tuesday, they were locked indoors for more than two hours after up to 10 shots were fired a block away from campus, police said.
Kalann Johnson, 19, of San Francisco was arrested about 7 p.m. in the Bayview. Police said Johnson is a known gang member and will be charged with two counts of attempted murder. The Bayview Police Station said the gun was found on school property.
On Thursday, a lockdown at the school lasted 30 minutes after a man was injured in a shooting at Oakdale Avenue and Keith Street.
“The school was very well-versed in how to handle a situation such as this,” police Officer Boaz Mariles said.
At 10:20 a.m. Tuesday, Johnson opened fire on two guards in a private security vehicle at the corner of Newcomb Avenue and Keith Street, police Officer Samson Chan said. Bullets shattered vehicle windows, but the guards were not injured, he said.
Several people were detained for questioning shortly after the shooting, but there were no immediate arrests, Chan said.
The incident prompted another school, the Bayview Essential School of Music, Art and Social Justice, several blocks from the crime scene to voluntarily implement a lockdown.
Students at Washington Carver were calm during Tuesday’s lockdown, said Gentle Blythe, spokeswoman for the San Francisco Unified School District.
“They were not told explicitly what happened,” she said. “They just know the procedures to follow.”
Parents were notified of the lockdown via a recorded message, Blythe said. Class instruction was not interrupted, she said.
Violence around the school, which has an enrollment of 260, has done its part to disrupt learning.
“A lot of the schools on the list [of lowest-performing schools] are in neighborhoods that offer more challenges to learning than just academics,” said Saad Muhammad, organizing director for the Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth.
Michael Mobley, 42, a parent of a fifth-grader at Washington Carver, said he was not surprised to hear about the shooting, but said the school is the “pillar” of the community.
“I know the people there,” he said. “Beautiful people.”