Gunshots fired near Carver Middle School in Orlando, police say

3 juveniles detained, according to officials

ORLANDO, Fla. – There was an increased police presence Friday at Carver Middle School in Orlando a day after gunshots rang out near campus.

Orlando police said no one was injured by gunfire, which rang out Thursday afternoon in the 4500 block of Columbia Street as students were released for the day.

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Police initially said there was a brawl near campus and shots were fired but later clarified that there was a large commotion of people running after the shots were fired.

School resource officers responded to the shooting and detained three individuals.

“(This) could’ve been a lot worse. We could’ve had children shot. It could’ve been that bad. Fortunately, as a department and community, we did come together today and we had extra officers here. They were able to respond quickly and prevent a tragedy from happening,” Orlando police Lt. William Becton said.

Orlando police announced Friday that a 13-year-old boy was arrested on charges of attempted first-degree murder, aggravated assault with a firearm within 1,000 feet of a school and carrying a concealed firearm. A 14-year-old was arrested on a charge of carrying a concealed weapon, police said. Both teens attend El Bethel Christian Academy, a local private Christian School, according to police.

The third detained teen does not face any charges and was released from police custody, officials said.


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