Lockdowns lifted at 4 Lakeland schools, police still searching for shooting suspect

Police say one person was shot at Gilpin Avenue and Marietta Street.

LAKELAND, Fla. (WFLA) — Four Lakeland schools were placed on heightened security or lockdown around 11:15 a.m. Tuesday morning while police searched for a shooting suspect in the area. Police say the shooting suspect has still not been caught. (UPDATE: Police say the shooting happened during a fight between two men over a woman.)

Shortly after 2 p.m., the lockdowns and heightened security operations were lifted and schools returned to normal operations.  Lakeland Police Department officers were at the schools when students were dismissed to make sure they got home safely.

The following schools were placed on lockdown or heightened security status-

  • Lakeland Christian School located at 1111 Forest Park St.
  • Southwest Middle School located at 2815 Eden Parkway
  • Dixieland Elementary located at 416 Ariana St.
  • Southwest Elementary School located at 2650 Southwest Ave.

Police say the shooting happened around 11:15 a.m. outside of a house at 928 Marietta St. Numerous people called 911 after hearing the gun shots. There was a fight between two males and the victim was shot multiple times. A family member took the victim to Lakeland Regional Hospital. He suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Police say the suspect ran from the scene. He is described as a black male with red shorts and a white t-shirt and short hair.

K-9s searched the area and a SWAT team searched the attic of the home to make sure the suspect was not hiding there.

Lakeland police officers are searching for a shooting suspect.
Lakeland police officers are searching for a shooting suspect.

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