Looney confirms suspected Capitol gunman worked for Williamson County Schools


Looney confirms suspected Capitol gunman worked for Williamson County Schools

Superintendent Mike Looney confirmed that a man who was shot after allegedly pulling a gun in the U.S. Capitol’s Visitors Center previously worked for the school system.

Superintendent Mike Looney confirmed that a man who was shot after allegedly pulling a gun in the U.S. Capitol’s Visitors Center previously worked for the school system.

The Associated Press confirmed the man who was shot and wounded by police after brandishing a handgun was Larry Dawson, 66, of Antioch.

According to WCS Communications Director Carol Birdsong, Dawson started working for the school system in 1980. He worked on and off in the district up until his termination in the spring of 2001. He worked as a bus driver, but started out as a part-time cafeteria worker.

“He was terminated basically for conduct that wasn’t becoming of a Williamson County employee,” Birdsong said. “He had written some inappropriate letters to a student.”

Birdsong said during his employment he was in and out of the district until his termination 15 years ago.

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Emily West covers Franklin and Williamson County for Home Page Media Group. Contact her at emily@franklinhomepage.com. Follow her on Twitter via @emwest22.

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