Beaufort woman accused of brandishing gun outside Charleston school

February 5, 2013 

A Beaufort woman was arrested in Charleston Monday for brandishing a gun outside a downtown private girls' school.

Alice Boland, 28, was charged with attempted murder, two counts of pointing a firearm, unlawful carrying of a firearm and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime after she pulled a gun out of her bag near the all-girls' school Ashley Hall, The (Charleston) Post and Courier reports.

She was held at the Charleston County jail Monday night.

The incident happened at about 3:20 p.m., as parents were picking up their children. Boland approached the school "exhibiting erratic behavior," according to a statement posted on the school's Facebook page.

The school was placed on lockdown. When a faculty member approached Boland, she drew a gun from her bag.

Boland never entered the campus. Police arrived within minutes to arrest her, a Charleston police spokesman told the Post and Courier. Students were on lockdown until about 4 p.m.

Police will remain on the Ashley Hall campus for a few days, according to the statement.

For more, read the story on The Post and Courier website. Check back with the Island Packet and Beaufort Gazette for more details as they become available.

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