Shooting in Pinellas Park puts schools on lockdown

Pinellas Park Police continue to search for an armed robber following a shooting Thursday in Pinellas Park.
 
The shooting happened near the intersection of 70th Avenue and 52nd Street.
 
Two nearby schools were placed on lockdown.
 
Police say the shooting occurred as a man in his 70's performed maintenance on a vacant rental home in the area.
 
A black male, either using a cellphone or pretending to use it, approached the elderly man and was able to talk his way into seeing the inside of the home.
 
Once inside, the robber demanded money. When the victim tried to flee, the robber opened fire, hitting the victim in the left wrist.
 
The shooter then ran off.
 
As police searched for a suspect, Pinellas Park Elementary and Richard Sanders School were placed on lockdown as a precaution, according to Pinellas County Schools. 
 
The lockdowns were lifted just after noon.
 
As of 6:30pm, the shooter had not been captured, and the victim is recovering at home.
 
Neighbors tell ABC Action News they had seen a man matching a description of the suspect in the days prior to the attempted robbery.
 
The suspect is described as a black man, aged in his early to mid-20's, about 5'8" in height, around 160 lbs, with short hair. He was wearing dark clothing at the time of the shooting. The suspect is described by police as "armed and desperate."
 
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