CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A Cross Lanes man asked his wife to meet him in a parking lot so he could tell their children he loved them but instead fired a gunshot, fled the scene and dumped the firearm near an elementary school, according to authorities.
Gary Arthur Lacy Jr., 35, of Bluebell Drive, was arrested Thursday morning about a mile from Point Harmony Elementary School, said Cpl. Brian Humphreys, Kanawha Sheriff's Office spokesman.
Charlotte Lacy, Gary Lacy's mother, flagged down Kanawha Deputy J.T. Snyder just after 8:30 a.m. Thursday near the school and said her son and his wife, Sara, had been involved in a domestic incident in the Kroger parking lot on Big Tyler Road.
Snyder then began to search for Gary Lacy's vehicle. Meanwhile, Cpl. J.A. Ratliff was already speaking to Sara Lacy, who approached him near Andrew Jackson Middle School, which is directly across the street from Kroger.
Her two young children were in the car with her, Humphreys said.
She told Ratliff that Gary Lacy shot a gun in front of her and her children. The corporal relayed the information to Snyder, who then found and arrested Gary Lacy.
Sara Lacy showed Ratliff the parking lot where the incident occurred. He found one .380 pistol casing on the ground.
She had agreed to meet her husband, despite having filed a protective order against him Sunday evening. She said he told her he wanted to tell the children he loved them.
The two were arguing Sunday when Gary Lacy began destroying items in their home, according to a complaint filed in Kanawha Magistrate Court. Sara said she feared for her safety and that at one point, he charged at her as if he was going to strike her.