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Bel Air man charged after firing gun at apartment complex, causing two schools to temporarily lock down

Two Bel Air area schools went on brief lockdowns Monday morning while police investigated reports of an armed person in the Brierhill area.

Deputies have charged Gerald Louis Kegley, 36, of Bel Air, with reckless endangerment and related handgun charges in connection to the incident.

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Kegley was released on his own recognizance following a bail review hearing Tuesday afternoon in Harford County District Court, according to online court records. The records do not list an attorney for Kegley.

Around 8 a.m., sheriff’s deputies were called to the 1100 block of Vanguard Way in The Seasons apartment complex in Bel Air for the report of shots fired. When deputies arrived, they were told that an unknown individual had fired a gun and was in the area.

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Police canvassed the area, calling in a K-9 unit, and found Kegley, who was taken into custody on the 1100 block of Iron Bark Court just after 9 a.m. No injuries were reported.

Southampton Middle School and The John Carroll School, both about five minutes away, were both under modified lockdown, during which no employees or students are permitted to leave the building and all classes are held indoors.

Southampton went into lockdown around 8:30 a.m. Jillian Lader, a spokesperson for Harford County Public Schools, said the principal officially lifted the lockdown at 10 a.m., at the end of second period.

At about 9:30 a.m., the lockdown at John Carroll was also lifted.

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