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Report of gunshots causes short lockdown at three Tampa area schools


Schools lock down after report of fight, gunshots

An unconfirmed report of gunshots caused a brief lockdown at three schools Friday, authorities said.

About 3 p.m., the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office received reports of a fight involving four or five juveniles with gunshots at the Lake Pointe Apartments, 7202 N Manhattan Ave, prompting lockdowns at A.P. Leto High and Pierce Middle and a modified lockdown at Crestwood Elementary. All three schools had already dismissed, but students still on the campuses were held up for less than an hour, according to Stephen Hegarty, Hillsborough County schools spokesman.

Sheriff's deputies did not find anyone with a gunshot wound, sheriff's Office spokesman Larry McKinnon said.

It was the second time this week a report of gunshots caused lockdowns at schools. Gunshots near Ferrell Middle Magnet School just after dismissal Wednesday prompted a lockdown there and at five other East Tampa schools. Tampa police located shell casings but not the shooter, and no one was injured.

Report of gunshots causes short lockdown at three Tampa area schools 08/30/13 [Last modified: Friday, August 30, 2013 8:47pm]
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