Gunman starts shooting during trunk-or-treat event at middle school

KIRKWOOD, MO – A disturbing incident unfolded at a trunk-or-treat event in Kirkwood, Missouri, where a man brandished a handgun and fired shots. The incident occurred just before 5 p.m. on Sunday at North Kirkwood Middle School, according to information shared with parents by the school district.

Matthew McCulloch is now in custody and facing charges that include endangering the welfare of a child, making a terrorist threat, and unlawful use of a weapon.

Tillman Elementary School had organized the trunk-or-treat event, but due to ongoing construction, it was relocated to North Kirkwood’s school parking lot on Manchester Road. The situation took a frightening turn when an adult began exhibiting erratic behavior and causing a disturbance. When confronted by other parents, this individual pulled out a firearm and fired shots into the air. Quick-thinking parents managed to subdue the armed man, detaining him until the police arrived. Fortunately, no one was injured during the incident.

Robert McCulloch, a former St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney, released a statement regarding the incident, confirming that it was his son, Matthew McCulloch, who had discharged the firearm. He expressed gratitude that no physical injuries occurred but acknowledged the potential emotional trauma experienced by witnesses, particularly children and parents.

The Kirkwood Police Department is conducting a comprehensive investigation into the matter and has requested photo and video evidence from the scene.

In response to the incident, the district has canceled all classes and scheduled activities at Tillman Elementary School. They are providing resources and support to students, families, and staff affected by the traumatic event. The school building will be open for those in need of counseling or support.