Tampa police look for teen suspects after reports of gunshots put 6 Tampa schools on lockdown
3:50 PM, Aug 28, 2013
7:45 AM, Aug 29, 2013
TAMPA, Fla. - Ferrell Middle Magnet School was one of six Tampa schools placed on lockdown after police received reports of shots fired in the area.
Police are still searching for the suspects who are believed to be teenagers, but the lockdown has been lifted for all schools.
The gun that was fired was found near a fence by a K-9 unit.
According to Tampa Police, a school resource officer was directing traffic in front of Ferrell Middle School minutes before 3 p.m. Wednesday, when he heard gunshots.
He saw two teens on a bike at East Chelsea Street and 25th Street.
He tried to speak to them, but they fled south on Chelsea Street. The suspect riding on the handlebars jumped off and ran into a field.
Police set up a perimeter in the area of 26th Street and East Chelsea Street to search for the suspects.
Ferrell Middle School, Middleton High School and Lomax Elementary were placed on full lockdown around 3:20 p.m.
"I guessed they were doing a drill, that is what I thought it was at first," said Roshoy Woodstock, 17, a senior at Middleton High School. "They told us to lock all the doors and they said they were locking all the outside doors."
Potter Elementary, Lockhart Elementary School and Young Middle School were placed on modified lockdown.
A police K-9 tracked the weapon that was fired near a fence one of the suspects jumped on 26th Street. The residue on the recently fired gun helped the K-9 track it down.
No classes were in session at those schools, but students were participating in after school activities at the time.
Because the gun was recovered, as well as two shell casings, the lockdown was lifted. However officers remained on each school campus until all children went home.
There is no indication that any of the schools were targeted.
A SWAT later arrived at a home near Ferrell Middle School Wednesday evening, but officials say it wasn't related.
Officers are still working to identify the suspects and anyone with information is asked to call the Tampa Police Department.
"Detectives will be looking at this from a latent perspective," said Andrea Davis with the Tampa Police Department. "The shell casings and guns will be processed."