Two women threatened each other with handguns — one of which was an AK-47 variant — during an argument Monday morning at Fairview Village Apartments, which prompted a brief lockdown of nearby Fairview Elementary School.
Kamille Elise Garnett, 30, of Carroll, was arrested for assault while displaying a dangerous weapon, marijuana possession, drug dealing and child endangerment.
Glennisha Janancy Myers, 27, of Carroll, was arrested for assault while displaying a dangerous weapon.
Someone reported about 9:17 a.m. that the women were arguing in the apartment complex parking lot in the 500 block of East 18th Street and that both had retrieved firearms.
The incident happened near the apartment building at the corner of East 18th Street and North Grant Road, which is the closest building to the elementary school.
Fairview Elementary went into a “lockdown,” in which no one was allowed to enter or leave the building, restrooms and hallways were vacated and all doors were locked, Superintendent Casey Berlau said.
The school has children in preschool through second grade.
When police officers arrived, they detained Myers, who had a .380-caliber handgun that was ready to fire.
Officers found Garnett in possession of the AK-47-style pistol, which also was ready to fire with much-more-powerful 7.62x39mm ammunition. Such “pistols” often are manufactured to skirt federal laws that require rifle barrels to be at least 16 inches. They have shorter barrels and no shoulder stocks, which makes them more maneuverable in tight spaces.
Officers obtained a search warrant for Garnett’s apartment and found a sandwich bag of marijuana, smaller bags of marijuana, a scale, a vacuum sealer and an unspecified amount of cash, according to court records. There also was a loaded gun within reach of children.
Garnett’s most serious drug charge is a felony punishable by up to five years in prison.
Myers’ assault charge is punishable by up to two years in prison.
Both women have Illinois driver’s licenses. It’s unclear how long they have been living in Carroll.