Manhunt underway after fatal Blackford County shooting that prompted school lockdowns

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HARTFORD CITY (Feb. 5, 2015) – Two people are dead following a shooting in Blackford County Thursday.

Officers responded to Hartford Square Apartments in the 200 block of East Chestnut Street on a report of a possible shooting. Officers arrived and found a man in the parking lot with an apparent gunshot wound to the head.

Officers then located a woman inside an apartment, also with an apparent gunshot wound to the head. Both victims were pronounced dead at the scene.

Indiana State Police said one suspect is sought in the incident. Officers are looking for an older man with a grey ponytail and goatee.

Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to contact the Blackford County sheriff’s office at 765-348-0930.

The victims were a man and his teenage daughter, according to the Muncie Star Press.

Schools in Blackford County and neighboring Jay County went on lockdown as a precautionary measure. The shooting did not happen at one of the schools, dispatchers said.

The schools included in the lockdown were:

  • Blackford High School
  • Hartford City Middle School
  • Northside School
  • Southside Elementary School
  • Jay County High School
  • East Jay Middle School

Here’s the alert from Blackford County school’s website:

10:21 a.m.: BCS remains in an emergency lock down situation. Parents will not be able to pick-up students until the situation is clear.

Parents we have been notified by law enforcement of a situation that has occurred in Hartford City that will require an immediate lockdown. If your child has already been picked up on a school bus he or she will be delivered to school. If your child has not been picked up or you were planning to transport your child, please keep them home and stand by for further information.

We will notify you as soon as we receive additional information from law enforcement.

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