JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Joanne Lowe can't believe Tamolis Clark actually planned to use the gun he was caught with outside Englewood High School on Tuesday.
"I just refuse to believe he had intended to actually use that. I think he was just showing off."
Lowe told our news partner Action News that Clark is a respectful, all-around great kid who always offers to help her bring in her groceries. A school resource officer found Clark in his car in the visitors parking lot of Englewood with a loaded .22 caliber pistol, a box of ammo, and a knife. They also found a black skull cap and gloves on his back seat.
"I'm in awe that that's him, that that would happen, that he would do that," says Lowe.
Those who live around the school say it's shocking to think something you only hear about on the news actually happened right in their neighborhood.
"To think we have people like that here is pretty crazy," says Brandon Seal, who lives next to Englewood.
Fortunately Clark was caught before he was able to do anything with the gun, though it's unclear exactly what his plan was once he got to the school. Senior Jevaun Daley says situations like this prove the value of school resource officers.
"This school is protected. We've got good police offiers, good security guards. They do their job."
Clark allegedly told police that he brought the gun to school because he had issues with a couple other students and wanted to resolve them. He also said he was a member of a local rap group called "Midlife."
He faces charges of possessing a weapon on school property, possessing a firearm on school property, carrying a concealed firearm, and trespassing on school property.