The suspect arrested in connection with Wednesday afternoon’s drive-by shooting at Waldo Pafford Elementary School was denied bond Friday, according to Hinesville Police Department Detective Gail Poulsen.
The suspect, identified as Marvin Roundtree, was apprehended Wednesday night at Independence Place apartments in Hinesville, not far from the school. The man was arrested in his apartment, which he shares with his military wife. She was present, but not involved in the incident.
Poulsen said the suspect, who is a former soldier, is being charged with making terroristic threats, aggravated assault, reckless conduct, criminal damage to property and possession of a firearm during the commission of certain crimes.
The shooting happened at about 3 p.m. Wednesday, according to Hinesville Police Maj. Thomas Cribbs. No one was hurt, but officials say a bullethole was found in one vehicle parked at the school and there were signs of at least one other bullet ricocheting off a curb. In addition, three shell casings were found on the grassy area in front of the school, near the road.
Only students waiting for the YMCA Pryme Tyme program were in the school at the time of the shooting, Liberty County School System Superintendent Dr. Valya Lee said. Those students were released to their parents, and all day Thursday, the district operated under a “soft lockdown.”
Lee said that during morning arrival and end-of-day dismissal times, administrators staged the students so as to minimize the amount of time were exposed while moving to and from cars and buses.
She said that no students were allowed outside during the school day, and that the district remained “on high alert throughout the day.”
In addition, a statement Lee issued to board of education members stated police would be on Waldo Pafford’s campus all day Thursday, and an increased police presence had been requested for all other district schools.