A shooting that injured a Bartow man Wednesday afternoon caused police to put Bartow Middle School and Floral Avenue Elementary on a brief lock down.
John Waters, 31, was taken to Lakeland Regional Medical Center with a gunshot wound to his abdomen, according to Bartow Police Department. He is expected to recover.
Officers found him about 2:30 p.m. at Mary Holland Park at 2015 Shumate Drive after receiving reports of a shooting.
Brendon Ross, 31, shot Waters, police said, and ran from the park. He contacted police after running away and claimed the shooting was in self-defense.
An investigation into the shooting is ongoing, police said, but they noted Ross could be charged.