3 schools lifted from lockdown after reported gun sale on campus; at least 2 in custody

Hernando County

BROOKSVILLE, Fla. (WFLA) — At least two people are in custody after a gun was reportedly spotted on Hernando High School’s campus, prompting a lockdown.

The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office said the firearm was reportedly seen being exchanged, or possibly sold, between several people while school was in session Thursday.

Later, someone stole the gun and took off from school grounds, officials said.

Those involved were located off campus and are currently in custody, the sheriff’s office said. No one was injured.

“It will be hours, days, maybe weeks before we get to the bottom of it, doing subpoenas and searches, but I’m happy to report we do have the gun. We do have the gun that was the subject of the initial complaint,” Sheriff Al Nienhaus said.

The precautionary lockdowns at Parrot Middle School, Brooksville Elementary School and the Hernando Schools District Office were lifted around 10:30 a.m.

Students told News Channel 8 the school was in lockdown mode for around two hours.

“We had been sitting in a little hallway for quite some time and it really scared me when [School Resource Officer] Pope came through with a big gun. All these other cops came through looking for someone,” said student, Alexandria Jeter.

The names of those involved haven’t been released.

More students could be arrested, the sheriff said.

A press conference is set for 10:30 a.m. Friday to discuss the arrests, the sheriff’s office said.


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