‘Lock-in’ lifted at 7 Tampa schools after argument, gunshots reported in neighborhood

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Seven Tampa schools were placed on precautionary “lock-in” status on Tuesday morning while Tampa Police Department officers responded to a report of gunshots in the area.

The lock-in was issued out of an abundance of caution, according to a Hillsborough County School District spokesperson. The lock-in was lifted around noon.

The schools that were placed on lock-in status include Lockhart Elementary School, Edison Elementary School, Middleton High School, Ferrell Middle School, Young Middle School, Sanchez Parent Resource Center, and Orange Grove Middle School.

A “lock-in” means students are still in their classrooms and are continuing with school work.

A Tampa Police Department spokesperson said that officers responded to the 1600 block of East Cayuga Street for a report of gunshots.  Two males were reported to be arguing and then firing at each other. Shell casings were found in the area. No victim has been located.

The males involved were described as black. One was last seen wearing a green hoodie, tan cargo shorts and riding a lime green BMX style bicycle. The second male was reportedly wearing a white t-shirt and jean shorts, according to TPD.

The reported shooting was not school related, but TPD says as a precautionary measure the schools were placed on lock-in status. No other details have been released about the status of the search for the males.

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