Police: Edgewater homeowner fires shots after break-in

Lockdown lifted at Indian River Elementary School

By Daniel Dahm - Digital Manager, Jerry Askin - Reporter

EDGEWATER, Fla. - An Edgewater homeowner fired shots at what she thought was a burglar, prompting a school lockdown, police said.

The shooting was reported Tuesday at 8 a.m. in the 2900 block of India Palm Drive, near Indian River Elementary and Edgewater Elementary schools.

Edgewater police Capt. Joe Mahoney said a neighbor told the victim that a tall man wearing a black shirt and black jeans broke the sliding glass door on the home then left the area in the passenger side of a brown or dark-colored Chevrolet Silverado 1500.

"I just watched someone break my neighbor's sliding glass door. I don't know if he was trying to break in the house or just break the door," a woman told a 911 operator.

When the victim got home and checked the rear portion of her yard, she saw some bushes move and fired several shots in that direction, according to a news release. No one was injured.

"My mom is perfectly fine. Someone tried to break into her house, but she’s fine. She let off a couple of shots just for her own protection," said the homeowner's son, Landris Johnson.

Johnson said that he thinks his mother was targeted because people think he "has money" because he's a rapper. On his Instagram page, he's seen posing with guns and lots of cash.

"I think maybe it’s social media. Maybe they think my mom got money, maybe it’s the jewelry, I have no idea. But I just hope they don’t try it again," Johnson said.

Johnson said the attempted burglars may have been watching his mom when she left her home Tuesday morning. He said the two suspects are in their 20's, dark complexion with low haircuts.

"The people that broke in, just be safe. That’s not the way to go," said Johnson. 

Mahoney said Indian River Elementary School was placed on lockdown as a precaution.

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"All students are safe and in their classrooms," Volusia County Schools said.

The lockdown was later lifted, and a message was sent to parents to alert them about the situation.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Edgewater police dispatch at 386-424-2000 or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-888-277-TIPS (8477).

A homeowner opens fire in Edgewater.

 

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