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Police: Parent carried gun under shirt on Perkins Elementary campus

A school guardian spotted him at dismissal time with what appeared to be a weapon under his clothing, St. Petersburg police said.
St. Petersburg police arrested Joshua Lorenzo, 37, after he carried a gun under his shirt to Perkins Elementary. Lorenzo is the father a student there. [St. Petersburg Police Department]
Published Sep. 13
Updated Sep. 13

The father of a Perkins Elementary student was arrested Thursday after he brought a gun to the school’s campus.

According to St. Petersburg police, a school guardian spotted Joshua Lorenzo, 37, with what appeared to be a weapon under his clothing. He was waiting for his child during dismissal time at the school, 2205 18th Ave. S. The guardian held him in the administration office until police arrived.

Officers responded and confirmed that Lorenzo was carrying a handgun under his shirt. He doesn’t have a concealed carry permit, but even if he did, it’s still illegal to have a gun on campus, said police spokeswoman Sandra Bentil.

The gun, a 9mm Kahr pistol, was in a holster on the left side of his waistband, according to Lorenzo’s arrest report. It was loaded with seven rounds.

Lorenzo faces a charge of possession of a firearm on school property. He was booked into the Pinellas County jail about 6:40 p.m. Thursday and released the next morning on $5,000 bail. He could not immediately be reached for comment.

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