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BB gun target practice less than a mile from Polk school caused lockdown

Posted at 9:55 AM, Aug 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-15 18:37:34-04

DAVENPORT, Fla. — Davenport School of the Arts was on lockdown after a report of a "suspicious person," according to the Polk County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies said the school was placed on lockdown after they received a report of "two guys dressed in black, holding 'rifles or assault weapons' outside a house near the school."

An investigation revealed that two men said they had been target shooting with BB guns on their property, located less than a mile north of the school.

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The lockdown was lifted shortly before 10:30 a.m.

Polk County Public Schools said Horizons Elementary, Loughman Oaks Elementary and Ridge Community High were also placed on heightened security.

"All students and staff are safe. Law enforcement has allowed all four schools to resume normal operations," Polk County Public Schools said on their Facebook page.

"Thankfully, this was not an active assailant situation," Polk Sheriff Grady Judd said. "We became aware of two suspicious people, and out of an abundance of caution, we responded swiftly and we were able to determine there was no legitimate threat. I want to compliment the caller who saw something and said something. I also want to acknowledge the great work done by the deputies, Polk Schools staff, and members from Winter Haven PD, Haines City PD, Davenport PD, Lake Wales PD, the Osceola County Sheriff's Office, and the Florida Highway Patrol."