(POST AND COURIER) — The woman arrested with a loaded pistol outside a downtown private school Monday was trying to kill people, but she couldn’t get the gun to fire, according to Charleston police.

Alice Boland, a 28-year-old Beaufort woman with a history of mental illness, was arrested at Ashley Hall on Rutledge Avenue.

Boland pointed a gun at two staff members who confronted her at the wrought-iron fence surrounding the school and repeatedly pulled the trigger, according to a police affidavit. The gun didn’t fire and nobody was hurt.

“There’s no doubt in our minds, based on our investigation, that woman went there to kill people,” Charleston Police Chief Greg Mullen said Tuesday.

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