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Domestic-related gunshots blamed for John Hopkins Middle School lockdown

ST. PETERSBURG — John Hopkins Middle School was put on temporary lockdown Wednesday after someone fired gunshots near the campus, according to St. Petersburg police.

Police said the gunplay stemmed from a domestic dispute that took place in one of the neighborhoods around the school. The lockdown was lifted about 11:30 a.m.

The call of shots fired came after students and teachers evacuated the school because of a fire alarm. Someone had ignited toilet paper in one bathroom and paper in another, said St. Petersburg Fire and Rescue Lt. Joel Granata.

About seven minutes later, the school resource officer reported hearing gunshots west of the campus. "Kids started running everywhere," Granata said.

No students were injured. More than a dozen concerned parents gathered outside the school shortly after the lockdown to take their children home. School administrators assured them students were safe.

The fires are being investigated as arson, Granata said. There was no major damage. No arrests were made Wednesday in connection with the reported gunshots.

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