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Pinellas Park police search for shooter prompts lockdowns at two schools

A home invasion robbery and shooting in Pinellas Park sent a man to the hospital and put two schools on lockdown Thursday morning, authorities said.

Just after 10, officers responded to a home in the 7000 block of 52nd Street N and found a man with a gunshot wound in his left arm.

Pinellas Park police said the man, who is in his 70s, was doing some home improvement work as he planned to rent the home soon. The man stood in his side yard when a man walked up, talking on his cell phone.

The man convinced the homeowner to show him the inside of the home. Once inside, he pulled out a gun and demanded money, police said. The homeowner ran, and the man opened fire, police said.

The homeowner was taken to the hospital, and was in stable condition, police said.

Police and canine units scoured the area for an hour. During that time school officials placed two local schools, Pinellas Park Elementary School and Richard L. Sanders School, on a full lockdown, meaning classrooms doors were shut and no movement was allowed.

Police called off the search just before noon and lifted the lockdowns.

Pinellas Park police search for shooter prompts lockdowns at two schools 08/28/14 [Last modified: Thursday, August 28, 2014 2:56pm]

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