53 Officers Responded to Hillsborough High School

03/18/15

TPD received a shots fired call at 2:20 p.m. from inside Hillsborough High School. Officers responded to the scene with a concern there was an active shooter scenario. Officers cleared the school floor by floor and the exterior of the school. Officers found lit fireworks on campus. Detectives are on scene interviewing students to determine who set off the fireworks.

Timeline
2:20 p.m. – 911 caller said shots were fired on the 4th floor of Hillsborough High School
2:20 p.m. – School resource officer notified and started searching the school
2:21 p.m. – Two officers arrived on scene and entered the school and began to search the building
2:22 p.m. – Several officers arrived and entered the school
2:24 p.m. – Dozens of officers searching inside the school
2:25 p.m. – Tampa Fire arrived on scene and set up a staging area
2:26 p.m. – Officers found evidence of lit fireworks in the southwest portion of the school
2:30 p.m. – Police bomb K-9 searched the building for any explosives
In total, 53 officers were on the school campus searching.
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