A TEENAGER was today charged with having an imitation firearm after allegedly shooting at a teacher in front of terrified college students.
Sandijs Dreimanis, 18, has been charged with multiple offences including possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.
Sandijs Dreimanis, 18, has been charged with possession of an imitation firearmCredit: UkNewsinPictures
Shocking footage shows the moment an alleged gunman was tackled to the ground at a collegeCredit: Snapchat
Up to six other members of staff also rushed to help, it’s reportedCredit: UKNIP
Armed officers rushed to Crawley College just after 3pm yesterdayCredit: EDDIE MITCHELL
Cops said they had a report of shots being firedCredit: UkNewsinPictures
Armed cops dramatically arrested the alleged gunman after officers scrambled to Crawley College just after 3pm yesterday.
Frightened pupils said the alleged shooter told students to “run for your lives” during the horrifying incident.
Two staff members were treated for minor injuries and cops later confirmed no one had been shot.
Students said the man was armed with a handgun and firing blank rounds in the grounds of the college before he was flattened by the heroic tutor.
Witnesses said up to six more courageous tutors then jumped on the gunman before police arrived and detained him.
Elise Stellebotte, 17, said she and fellow students fled their classroom after hearing shots being fired.
She said: “I heard several shots being fired really quickly and everyone dived out of the classroom. I saw the gunman.
“He pointed the pistol at my tutor and fired but they were just blanks thank God. He was so shocked.”
Another student, Eddie, 18, added: “It was absolutely terrifying. I heard shots ringing out and they were unmistakably gunshots. I saw the guy.”
Neighbours living next to the alleged shooter’s £300,000 home in Crawley last night claimed he’s a student at the college.
Cops said an 18-year-old was arrested by armed cops at the sceneCredit: PA
Cops rushed to the scene in Crawley yesterday afternoonCredit: EDDIE MITCHELL
Crawley College confirmed they are aware of an ‘incident’ in which two people were hurtCredit: EDDIE MITCHELL
Two people have been injured following reports of a shootingCredit: Facebook
Officers said they were working with counter terrorism colleagues and “all lines of enquiry are open at this stage”.
Dozens of armed cops stormed the site and searched classrooms, while a helicopter was seen flying overhead two hours after the 3.10pm attack.
Counter terror officers from Gatwick Airport were the first on the scene.
Video of the moment the alleged attacker was apprehended was posted on Snapchat with the caption: “Crawley on a mad one today.”
It shows one man – reportedly the wounded teacher – pinning a second to the ground.
A number of others, who witnesses claim are also teachers, can then be seen rushing to help detain the man.
One parent said students were told to “duck on the floor” during the frightening incident.
A man living next door to the alleged gunman’s home said: “He goes to the college.
“I saw him last night out walking his dog and he seemed happy. It’s shocking.”
Crawley College remains closed today with a spokesman adding: “Further to the incident on Monday 26th April, the College will be closed on Tuesday 27th April whilst we continue to support Police with enquires.”
Armed cops are dealing with an incident near Crawley CollegeCredit: EDDIE MITCHELL
Sussex Police issued a desperate plea for locals to stay away from the areaCredit: EDDIE MITCHELL