GLENDALE, Mo. — Two schools in St. Louis County initiated lockouts Wednesday afternoon after an armed suspect ran away from the scene of a reported crime, according to authorities.

The Kirkwood Police Department said its officers responded to a home invasion in the 600 block of Brownell Avenue around 12:40 p.m. The victim had fled to a neighboring home to call 911.

Police said the victim was unharmed and gave officers a detailed description of the suspect, who had at least one handgun. Witnesses told police the suspect ran northeast in the direction of North Glendale Elementary School, less than 1 mile away from the scene of the invasion.

North Glendale and the nearby Mary Queen of Peace School were put into lockouts out of an abundance of caution.

Police searched the area, but the suspect escaped. Detectives are currently questioning another person in connection with Wednesday’s events. An initial investigation indicates this was a targeted incident and not a random act.

The lockdown at North Glendale happened on the last day before the summer break. Students were dismissed at 12:30 p.m., but school officials initiated lockdown protocols for the remaining students and teachers on campus. No students, staff, or parents were injured.

North Glendale parents received the following message from the school Wednesday:

Dear North Glendale Families,

After dismissal today, we received notice of law enforcement activity in our area. At the advice of law enforcement, we went on lockout status as a precautionary measure. This included any staff and students remaining in the building and some community members using our playground.

At this time, our staff and any remaining students are inside the building and are safe. While there is no need for immediate alarm, the situation remains active and we ask that you please avoid our building for the time being.

Thank you.

Message texted to parents

Wednesday’s incident comes at a time when communities across the country are on edge following a massacre at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, that claimed the lives of 19 children and two teachers.

Paul Ziegler, the CEO of Education Plus, called the shooting heartbreaking. Education Plus is a non-profit organization that works in collaboration with 60 St. Louis-area school districts.

“My heart breaks,” said Ziegler. “I can’t imagine losing a child or a spouse in something so senseless.”

Local districts, including Rockwood, Francis Howell, and Parkway, also released statements following the Texas tragedy.

“Safety is always our first priority, but we also want our schools to continue to be warm, welcoming places where students feel cared for each day,” the Parkway statement read.