Police searching for suspect after shooting, schools on lockdown


SPRINGFIELD, Fla. (WMBB) — Springfield Police officers and deputies with the Bay County Sheriff’s Office are searching for a suspect in a shooting.

The shooting took place in the 500 block of Everitt Avenue. The suspect is described as a tall black male in his 20s, with dreadlocks, and a black and red jacket.

BSCO says two suspects are in custody and they are searching for a third. BSCO helicopters and K-9s were used to track the suspect Friday afternoon.

Springfield Police Chief Barry Roberts says he believes this was a targeted act and they are still working to identify the third suspect.

“We don’t believe this was a random act … We don’t believe anyone else in danger unless you possibly want to encounter this suspect. If you see him, don’t encounter him, call us,” Roberts said.

Margaret K Lewis School, Bay High School and Rutherford High School were put on lockdown as police conducted their search.

News 13 has received several messages asking if there was an active shooter at Rutherford. Bay District Schools says there is not and never was an active shooter on campus.

If you have information, you can call the Springfield Police Department at 872-7545 or the Bay County Sheriff’s Office at 747-4700.

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