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Olathe East shooting suspect Jaylon Elmore appears in court

3 people injured in March 4 incident at school
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Posted at 2:03 PM, Jun 08, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-09 10:59:41-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The teenager who allegedly brought a gun to Olathe East High School and has been charged with attempted capital murder after a shootout in an assistant principal’s office appeared Wednesday in Johnson County District Court.

Jaylon Elmore, 18, appeared via Zoom with an attorney for a scheduling conference.

The next hearing will be another scheduling conference on Aug. 17.

Elmore was shot during the March 4 incident and spent more than two months in the hospital recovering from his injuries.

Olathe Police School Resource Officer Erik Clark and Olathe East Assistant Principal Dr. Kaleb Stoppel, who also served as the Hawks’ activities director, suffered minor injuries during the shooting.

Stoppel received a tip from another student that Elmore had brought a gun to school.

The shooting happened in Stoppel’s office as he confronted Elmore, who allegedly refused to allow his bag to be searched.

Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe said the gun Elmore allegedly had was a ghost gun.

Olathe East was locked down for several hours before students were reunited with their parents.

Editor's note: A previous version incorrectly identified the attorney who appeared Wednesday in court with Elmore, because Johnson County online court records include inaccurate information about in the case details.

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