The shooting of a teen left three Bradenton schools on lockdown Wednesday as deputies worked to determine where the shooting occurred and circumstances surrounding it.
At about 1 p.m. Wednesday, deputies were called to the 3800 block of 10th Street Court East in Bradenton to reports to reports of a shooting, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office. But while deputies were en route to the scene, another 911 call came reporting a gunshot victim in the 1100 block of 42nd Court East.
The 17-year-old was taken to Blake Medical Center.
Southeast High School, 1200 37th Ave. E., and Rowlett Academy for Arts and Communication Elementary School, 3500 Ninth St. E., were each placed on lockdown as a precaution, according to Manatee County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Dave Bristow.
Mike Barber, spokesman for the School District of Manatee County, also confirmed that Samoset Elementary, 3300 19th St. E., also was placed under lockdown.
Barber said law enforcement officials contacted the schools around 2:15 p.m. Wednesday. Southeast and Samoset were given the all-clear from authorities shortly before 3 p.m. There were no signs that a shooting occurred in the neighborhood, as schoolchildren could be seen walking home.
Bristow said the victim’s injuries were not life threatening. It was not known if the victim is a student at Southeast.
The victim claimed to have been in the area picking up someone.
“We don’t know exactly where the shooting was,” Bristow said.
Investigators have been getting conflicting statements at the scene and from the victim, he added. Detectives are interviewing people as they try to determine the location of the shooting.
No arrests have been made.
Herald staff reporter Sara Nealeigh contributed to this report.