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Gunfire reported near Leesburg High School

Men flee area on foot, authorities say

This gun, right, was recovered during a traffic stop in Leesburg Monday night.
This gun, right, was recovered during a traffic stop in Leesburg Monday night. (Leesburg Police Department)

LEESBURG, Fla. – Two groups of young men exchanged gunfire near Leesburg High School Monday evening and then fled the area on foot, according to the Leesburg Police Department. 

Police said officers went to an area on U.S. Highway 27 around 6 p.m. to investigate a weapons complaint. Shell casings were collected at the scene.

It's unknown if anyone was shot. No gunshot wound victims have shown up at any local hospitals.

Leesburg police were making traffic stops Monday night in connection with a shooting Sunday night on Stetson Street and pulled over a group of individuals suspected in the double shooting. 

In that incident, one man was shot in the knee and another man was shot in the abdomen and arm while they were in front of an apartment.

A woman told officers who arrived on scene that she received a call earlier that night from someone saying that "boys from Beecher Street" were going to "shoot up" her residence. A shell casing and glass were found in her driveway.

A gun recovered during the traffic stop Monday night is being tested to determine whether it was used in the shooting near Leesburg High.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Leesburg Police Department at 352-787-2121.


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