UPDATE (4:15 p.m.) — The Milton Police Department says a juvenile was shot after a group of students was horseplaying with a firearm and it fired. Police say it happened at a home on Birch Street in the Whiting Pines Subdivision on Berryhill Road.
Police say three students left the scene, causing four Santa Rosa County schools to be placed on lockdown. The juvenile witnesses, including the shooter, were taken in for questioning.
Police say two firearms were found inside the home and now are in police custody.
Police say the juvenile was cognizant and speaking when he was taken to the hospital.
Milton City Manager Randy Jorgenson said, “Secure your firearms. This unfortunate event is a good demonstration of the reason to always have firearms secured within your home.”
UPDATE (9:32 a.m.) — The schools are no longer on lockdown, according to the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office. The lockdowns were a precaution due to a shooting in the area. One person was injured in the shooting, and all people of interest are in custody.
SANTA ROSA COUNTY, Fla. (WKRG) — Milton High School, Hobbs Middle School, King Middle School and Rhodes Elementary are currently under lockdown as a precautionary measure to an incident in a neighborhood near the schools.
Santa Rosa County District Schools says they have multiple layers of security in place at all schools. School resource officers and school staff have been trained to follow steps that protect students. Local law enforcement is also securing these schools.
The district asks for parents to not attempt to go to any of these campuses. As part of security lockdown procedures, law enforcement will not allow anyone near on campus until an all safe is issued.
Students who are currently on campus may not leave. Students who have not yet checked into school today should delay reporting to school until the all-clear is given. Absences and tardies will be excused.