Francis Howell schools on 'soft' lockdown after nearby shooting

Francis Howell schools are on a soft lockdown Wednesday morning after a shooting in a nearby home.

ST. CHARLES COUNTY - Francis Howell schools are on a soft lockdown Wednesday morning after a shooting in a nearby home.

According to the St. Charles County Police Department, a 33-year-old man was shot inside of a residence located on the 10 block of Wilbert Drive around 6:30 a.m.

Police say the incident started when 32-year-old Dareion DeWayne Tate — who police said was the homeowner’s estranged husband — and another man, who identified himself to the homeowner as Alfred Davis, knocked on the front door around 6:15 and asked about a vehicle in the driveway.

After an argument, the homeowner went back inside and that's when police say Tate and Davis walked to the back of the house, climbed on an air conditioner, and fired shots into the home. Four children, the homeowner, and the 33-year-old shooting victim were eating breakfast when the shots were fired. Police say the man is expected to survive.

Scene photos: Man shot inside home in unincorporated St. Charles County

While the St. Charles County Police Department searches for the suspects, the schools have been placed on soft lockdown as a safety precaution.

The district says that means there will be no outside activities for any students and there will be an increased vigilance for individuals trying to enter school buildings until law enforcement notifies the district that the situation has been resolved.

This story will be updated when more information becomes available. 


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