Crawley College shooting: 'Gunman' shouted at students to 'run for your lives' before being tackled by hero teacher

A GUNMAN who opened fire at a college sparking a huge armed police response told students to “run for your lives”, according to a terrified pupil.

The shooter started "ranting" before allegedly pointing the gun at a tutor – with his terrifying rampage only being brought to an end when a hero teacher tackled him to the ground.

Dramatic footage filmed by a student shows the moment the gunman was pinned to the ground at Crawley College in West Sussex.

Armed police were scrambled to the college after two members of staff were injured following the frightening incident at 3pm yesterday.

One brave teacher was stabbed in the hand by the attacker as he charged and knocked him down.

Students said the man was armed with a handgun and firing bullets 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 was wearing a black Puma hoodie and a mask. I was only a few yards away and I could see he had this pistol in his hand and was waving it around.

“I don't think he was very old but he was difficult to see behind the mask and hoodie.

“He pointed the pistol at my tutor and fired but they were just blanks thank God. He was so shocked.

“He continued ranting and shouting telling people to 'Run, run'. He was trying to scare people, deliberately. Everyone was pretty scared.”

He continued ranting and shouting telling people to 'Run, run'. He was trying to scare people, deliberately. Everyone was pretty scared.”

Another student, Eddie, 18, added: “It was absolutely terrifying. I heard shots ringing out and they were unmistakably gunshots. I saw the guy.

“He was screaming at people telling them: 'Run for your lives, run, run!' and jumping around all over the place then he fired some shots.”

Cops have arrested an 18-year-old man and seized a firearm and a knife. Nobody was shot.

Neighbours living next to the alleged shooter's £300,000 home in Crawley last night claimed he's a student at the college.

There were rumours last night that the man being held had previously been expelled from the college.

Officers said they were working with counter terrorism colleagues and “all lines of enquiry are open at this stage”.

But last night, it was confirmed that the incident is not being treated as terror-related.

Panicked and weeping students were placed under lockdown inside the grounds after the shocking incident.

A second student, posting on Snapchat, said a tutor tackled the gunman to the ground, adding: “The guy managed to slice his hand open."

A parent of one pupil at the college told The Sun: “Pupils were running into other classrooms while they were in lessons in terror saying to others, ‘have you seen what happened?’

“A teacher rugby-tackled the gunman. It’s absolutely horrifying."


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.

Pupils were running into other classrooms while they were in lessons in terror saying to others, 'have you seen what happened?'"

Police say neither of the casualties suffered a gunshot injury.

One teacher said: “Parents of students at the college are being contacted now. It's unbelievable."

Some students could be seen crying as they were picked up by their parents.

One mum, who wanted to remain anonymous, said of her teenage son: "He saw the whole thing. But he's too upset and terrified to talk about it."

Around 60 marked and unmarked police cars lined the road outside the college with their blue lights flashing.

A man living next door to the alleged gunman's home said: "He goes to the college.

"He’s a really nice guy – I have no idea why he’s done this. Maybe he was having trouble at 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.”

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