Lockout status lifted from 4 Pinellas schools after report of gunshot

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – Four Pinellas County Schools are no longer on lockdown or lockout status after a nearby business owner reported hearing a single gunshot.

Seminole Middle School and Bauder Elementary School were placed on lockdown after the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office received the report. School officials said Seminole High School and Career Academies of Seminole were placed on lockout status.

A Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson said that deputies are investigating an alarm call involving the report of a citizen hearing the sound of a single gunshot.

The sheriff’s office received the call around 8:24 a.m.  Deputies responded to Rita’s Italian Ice store at 13147 86th Avenue.

The store owner reported seeing three juveniles at the location and heard the sound of a single gunshot.

There were no injuries.Deputies determined the incident was related to an attempted armed robbery.

Deputies say a 17-year-old and two 15-year-olds were congregating at the Rita’s, when the 17-year-old took out a gun and pointed it at the 15-year-old boy. The older boy told the the 15-year-old to give him his belongings.

The victim refused and the 17-year-old pointed the gun at the ground and shot in an attempt to scare the victim.

Deputies believe the incident was drug-related, but no drugs were found at the scene.

The 17-year-old is in custody.

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate the incident.

No other details have been released.


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