LIMA — A man who pulled a gun in a school parking lot sent people into a panic, fearing a school shooting was about to happen, according to testimony Wednesday.
A magistrate ruled there was enough evidence against Terrance Jackson to send his case to a grand jury for consideration. Magistrate Richard Warren refused to lower Jackson's $50,000 bail.
“The first question anyone would ask is why there was panic at the school. Because they know what has been going on in this country … where people were massacred,” Warren said.
Jackson, 26, of 1506 N. West St., is charged with having a gun on school property, a fifth-degree felony.
Prosecutor Juergen Waldick said Jackson poses a danger to the community, and this most recent incident on May 28 at the Apollo Career Center marked the second time he was involved in a crime with a gun.
The last time he said, “'I will shoot you. I will pop a cap in your ass,'” Waldick said, reading from a police report about a 2011 incident in Lima, when Jackson was convicted of pointing and discharging a gun. He received a 180-day suspended jail sentence, was fined $250 and had his gun confiscated.
The Apollo incident followed an argument Jackson had with another person while he worked for Lane's Moving & Storage, moving furniture as part of renovations at the school. A supervisor intervened and told Jackson, who had a doctor's appointment that day, he could leave early, Shawnee Township Police Detective Don Marik said.
Jackson returned several hours later and entered the parking lot playing loud rap music from his car. He stopped the car and retrieved a 9 mm handgun from the trunk of his car, Marik said.
“The employees panicked. They ran through the school. Several yelled there was a man in the parking lot with a gun,” Marik said.
The school began implementing its lockdown procedure. In the meantime, Jackson left the area.
“He never threatened anybody. He never pointed it at anybody,” Marik said.
But Jackson did pull the slide of the semi-automatic handgun back, an action that removes a round from the magazine and places it into the chamber of the gun to be fired, Marik said.
The gun was tested and was functional, Marik said.
Jackson was arrested 10 to 15 minutes later, when he arrived at his house where a deputy found him, Marik said.
Jackson does not have a concealed handgun license in Allen County, officials at the Allen County Sheriff's Office said.