School janitor thinks gun is fake; shocked when fires real bullet


HOMOSASSA, Fla. (WFLA) — School officials have identified the owner of a gun that was found at Rock Crusher Elementary school Tuesday morning.

School staff and detectives found out the gun fell out of a man’s pocket while he was dropping his child off. Roy Caffera said it fell through a hole in his cargo shorts.

When parent Monique Guertin heard about the gun at her child’s school, she panicked. “Yeah, it’s very scary,” Guertin said.

Citrus County school authorities said the weapon was discovered sometime after 8 a.m. in the area where parents drop off their children for a pre-care program in the back of the school.

“A parent noticed the weapon, contacted one of the employees. They came out, secured the weapon. They thought the weapon was a pellet,” Asst. Superintendent Mike Mullen said.MORE NEWS: Student with loaded gun, mask arrested on school bus

A janitor fired the weapon, trying to discharge the pellets. That’s when he learned it was a pistol.

“There was no children around. Nobody was in the vicinity when that weapon happened. Children were inside the school. But the weapon did discharge on campus,” Mullen said.

No one was hurt. School staff immediately notified the sheriff’s office.

“We sent detectives over here to try and look at surveillance video, try to see exactly who may have left the gun accidentally, who may have sat it down accidentally dropping off students or may have you,” said Lindsay Blair with the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office.

Guertin said it could have turned out worse. “They shouldn’t be bringing it in anyway,” she said. “It’s a school, you don’t need to carry your gun in a school.”

School leaders cannot say if the janitor will face any disciplinary action at this time. They said he believed it was a toy BB gun.

Authorities said the school resource officer should have been contacted once the weapon was located.

As for Caffera, authorities are turning the case over to the state attorney’s office for further review. The incident remains under investigation.MORE NEWS: Loaded gun found in drawer at St. Pete school

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