Witness to alleged attempted shooting near Springfield school: ‘My natural instinct was get my kids out of here’

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He deals with the business/finance end already and he clearly is a journalist.

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A man who was near a school parking lot where a teenager allegedly tried to shoot a man for $500 says he’s nervous to bring his kids back to the park in the area.

Paul Cooper had seven kids with him at the park when he witnessed a teen get hit by a truck.

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“The only thing I (saw) was him coming over … the curb,” Cooper said. “There was another kid on the side and then the other kid was way over where we were. The kid was coming over the side and the dude clipped him on the side of him and then he got out of the truck and came over to us.”

Two males aged 14 and 16 were arrested on Monday after a man told police the younger teen tried to shoot him during a deal to buy a phone and the man hit that teen with his truck.

Officers were dispatched at about 3 p.m to Fulton Elementary School because of the boy being struck by a vehicle, according to Springfield police report.

Cooper said he had seven kids with him, including his own, at the time of the incident. He knew he had to protect them, he said.

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“My natural instinct was get my kids out of here,” he said. “So that’s what I did.”

He said going back to the park will be tough.

“This world is going crazy,” Cooper said. “It’s not the same as it used to be.”