Citrus Sheriff: Student who shot himself in class had more bullets

The scene outside Lecanto High School on Tuesday. Citrus County Sheriff's Office photo

LECANTO, Fla. (WFLA) — A Lecanto High School student who shot himself in the head in front of his classmates on Tuesday morning had seven more bullets in the gun he used and an additional magazine was found that contained eight other bullets, the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office said on Friday.

The 15-year-old Homosassa boy, who has not been identified, remains hospitalized. Detectives say he fired a single shot to his head in front of his teacher and classmates during the second block of classes.

A sheriff’s office spokesperson said on Friday that detectives are working to determine the motive of the student; interviews are being conducted, leads are being processed and evidence is being collected and studied. On Tuesday, Citrus County Sheriff Jeff Dawsy had said that the student was depressed.

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The sheriff’s office said that the gun that was used in the shooting was a Walther P19 mm semi-automatic handgun that had six rounds in the magazine and one round in the chamber. An additional magazine holding eight rounds was found in a plastic gun case near where the incident took place. These items were turned in as evidence.

The investigation into how the student acquired the gun is still ongoing.

On Friday morning, 8 On Your Side received a tip about this from someone close to the case, who did not want to be identified. It turned out that the tipster was right. The tipster was concerned about what the teen’s intentions were.

“My fear is obviously what was the intention? Why would you need an additional gun magazine if your intentions were to only harm yourself and not others?” said the tipster.

The tipster is not the only person who has expressed concern. A Facebook page called “Lecanto High School shooting community wants law upheld” has been created. Some of the posts to the Facebook page illustrate the frustration felt by members of the community:

“Over 20 kids lives permanently altered. Their crime…. going to school!!! Bringing a gun onto a school campus is a crime!”said one post.

“This should never happen in a school. Our children are sitting ducks!!!” said another post.

Citrus County Sheriff Jeff Dawsy released a statement on Friday afternoon.

“There is a lot of speculation on social media and other areas about why this young man would do this,” said Sheriff Dawsy.

“I want to assure everyone that we are looking at all angles and doing everything we can to put the pieces of this horrific, fragmented puzzle together. We are standing with our community as they support those who have been impacted by this tragic situation. We continue to pray for each and every one of them, including our first responders.”

The sheriff’s office said that charges have not been filed in connection with the incident.

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