Five Akron schools were on an exterior lockdown Monday morning after an armed robbery at the Firestone Park IGA.
Akron Police Lt. Rick Edwards said two men went into the IGA around 8:00 a.m. Monday morning wearing masks and toting guns. One jumped the counter and went into the store's office. Edwards said they took an unknown amount of cash before fleeing into the neighborhood, prompting the lockdowns.
Both suspects are described as black males, around 5'5" and between 150 and 180 pounds. One was wearing all black and a mask, while the other was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and a mask.
Garfield High School, Kent Middle School, McEbright CLC, Firestone Park Elementary School, and Glover CLC have all since been given the all clear. Akron Public Schools spokesman Mark Williamson said the lockdown was executed without problems.
"We immediately just lock the school," he said. That way there's not any question that anything could possibly happen."
The exterior lockdown allowed students and staff inside to continue the school day, but kept people from entering or leaving the school.
Williamson said the district is continuing to work on its safety training programs.
"We train more, we train more frequently, we train more people, we probably train better," he said.
The Akron Public Schools work closely with Akron Police and are implementing the ALICE program to help protect students in the event of an attack, Williamson said.