GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP — A township man who was arrested after police responded to a March 1 shots-fired call at Pilgrim Academy, triggering lockdowns there and at other area schools, is still in the hospital, police say.

Michael Maggi, 57, was arrested that day without incident, and police said they recovered numerous firearms and ammunition from his home.

“He was taken to the hospital the day of his arrest, and he is still there,” Chief Donna Higbee said Thursday.

Once he is released, he will be taken to the Atlantic County jail, she added.

She declined to comment on his medical condition.

Requests for comment from Maggi’s family and AtlantiCare have not been returned.

After hearing gunfire in the woods surrounding the private school on West Moss Mill Road, teachers outside patrolled the school grounds searching for the source.

Through an Open Public Records Act request, The Press of Atlantic City obtained the recording of the 6½-minute 911 call that reveals two teachers scoured the area in their cars while another stood outside with a walkie-talkie, looking for the threat.

“The teachers that were a part of the 911 call were already outside,” Headmaster Chris Storr said. “They weren’t necessarily going to search for anyone, just protecting the campus, protecting the students, which we all were doing.”

“The Police Department does not recommend school administrators to exit the building during a lockdown situation in which the threat is believed to be outside of the school,” Galloway police Lt. Joseph J. Picardi said in a statement. “The chief of police has met with the Pilgrim Academy administration to discuss this incident and best practices to protect the safety of the students and staff.”

When asked whether it makes the job of the officers responding to the call more dangerous or difficult if staff members are outside, Picardi declined to comment further.

The 9:30 a.m. incident outside the school caused “shelter-in-place” orders to be issued for Absegami High School in the township; all Egg Harbor City schools, including Cedar Creek High School; and Stockton University. The lockdowns were lifted before noon after police said they arrested Maggi.

Maggi was charged with risking widespread injury, disorderly conduct and harassment. His first appearance in court has not been scheduled.

Contact: 609-272-7241 MBilinski@pressofac.com

Twitter @ACPressMollyB

Staff Writer

My beat is public safety, following police and crime. I started in January 2018 here at the Press covering Egg Harbor and Galloway townships. Before that, I worked at the Reading Eagle in Reading, Pa., covering crime and writing obituaries.

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