Tampa school lockdowns over as search for gunman ends - FOX 13 News

Tampa school lockdowns over as search for gunman ends

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

The sound of gunfire prompted a large search in east Tampa this afternoon, startling residents and delaying the end of the school day for students at six schools.

According to Tampa police, it was just before 3 p.m. when a school resource officer directing traffic in front of Ferrell Middle School heard shots fired and saw two teenagers on a bike.

When the officer tried to speak to them, they fled southbound on Chelsea Street.  At least one of them bailed from the bike and fled into a field. 

Officers converged on the area called in K-9s on the ground and helicopters in the air to search for the two 'persons of interest.'

Police advised residents in the area to remain inside during the search. Six nearby schools were put into in lockdown mode as a precaution:

  • Ferrel Middle School
  • Middleton High School
  • Lomax Elementary School
  • Potter Elementary
  • Lockhart Elementary
  • Young Middle School

As of 4:40 p.m., the search was called off and the lockdowns were lifted.  TPD said that officers would remain on all six school campuses until all of the students had been released.

No suspects have been identified, but police say a K-9 tracked down the gun near a fence that one suspect jumped on 26th Street. It had recently been fired, they said.

Stay with FOX 13 for any updates.

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