Four students were “horse playing” with a firearm when the gun went off Friday morning, injuring one student and causing a temporary lockdown at four Milton schools according to a Milton Police Department press release.
Police responded to a shooting on Birch Street in Whiting Pines Subdivision on Berryhill Road at approximately 7:47 a.m. Milton Police Chief Tony Tindell said the investigation revealed a group of students were horse playing with a firearm and it fired.
One juvenile was shot and taken to a local hospital. Three students left the scene producing a ripple effect, causing four Santa Rosa County schools to be secured-in-place. The juvenile witnesses including the shooter were taken to Milton Police Department for questioning. Two firearms were found within the home. Milton Police have the two handguns in custody. Tindell said the victim was cognizant and speaking when taken by ambulance to a local hospital.
This ongoing investigation is a joint effort between the Milton Police Department, Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Unit and Naval Air Station Whiting Field Security.
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.”
Per Santa Rosa School District social media, Milton High School and Hobbs Middle School were placed on lockdown prior to 8:40 a.m. Kings Middle School and Rhodes Elementary School were later placed on lockdown as a precautionary measure. Law enforcement were on scene.
During the incident students in route to the schools were diverted, and students on campus were not allowed to leave to keep campuses secure.
Following apprehension of the juveniles involved, all schools were given the all clear and secure-in-place was lifted.