KERSHAW, S.C. — A man is behind bars after some tense moments on Fork Hill Road in Kershaw.

Police say Leonard Shropshire shot into a house with people inside. That house was not far from three schools -- all of which were placed on lockdown as police searched for the shooter.

It started Thursday morning.

Store surveillance video shows 21 year old Shropshire walking past a convenience store and speaking to a worker on his way to his ex-girlfriends house. Moments later, a family said they heard loud noises. 

"I got woke up," Scottie Rayfield said, adding it was her sister's ex-boyfriend. "Banging on the door, trying to get some bullets for his gun."

Rayfield says he had no choice but to protect his family.

"Trying to kick the door in," Rayfield said. "I started shooting, I tried to kill him. I'm happy I didn't."

Rayfield said after he shot, Shropshire shot back. When he ran out of bullets, he took off running, according to Rayfield.

Police flooded the area, and three nearby schools were placed on lockdown as police searched for Shropshire.

Police caught up with him in Lancaster. 

His ex-girlfriend says she knows he put her and her family's lives in danger. She says he had a reason, and she wants his charges to be lowered.

"I think he was just trying to shoot the door open," she said, adding, "I feel he went insane temporarily."

Shropshire is currently being held at the Lancaster County Jail on four counts of attempted murder.