TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Police say a middle school was caught in the crossfire of a drive-by shooting in Tampa on Monday morning.
Police said their gunfire detection technology, ShotSpotter, identified gunshots in the 3400 block of North 16th Street at about 9 a.m. Monday. Moments later, they got a call about a shooting in the area, at a home across from Orange Grove Middle School.
The resident told police someone he knew drove by his home and fired several shots in his direction. He said he returned fire in self-defense.
“He said that out of fear for his life he came outside and returned fire in self-defense and somehow in the process of those shots being fired, one of them struck Orange Grove Middle School,” said Crystal Clark with the Tampa Police Department.
Police said one of the bullets struck a door at the school, but nothing else was hit.
The door leads to a stairwell that is being used for storage and was locked, according to police.
“No children or classes are in the area, and no threat was posed to the school,” police said.
Miguel Uordillo said he heard the gunfire outside his Tampa home.
“I hear the shooting. I hear the ‘pow, pow, pow,'” he said.
A woman, who does not want to be identified, was standing in her garden and saw a truck speed by.
“The car passed really fast. It was a truck — really fast. That’s why it caught my attention and then I turn and see and then I heard shots. Four, five maybe, five or more,” she said.
Police said they are actively working to identify the shooter and arrest them.