MELBOURNE, Fla. (FOX 35 Orlando) - Melbourne police officers are investigating a shooting incident involving gunfire near Stone Middle School, which prompted a brief lockdown of the campus, authorities said.
Investigators said the shooting appears to have been between occupants from two separate vehicles travelling on University Boulevard near Colbert Circle. Police said there were adult victims who sustained non life-threatening injuries. According to investigators, the subjects knew each other, and this was is not considered a random act of violence.
Parents of some of the midle school students remained on alert after the alleged shooting happened a little too close for comfort to their childrens' school.
"As soon as I left work I found out about it and I came straight over here," said Rich Fleck. "In the day and age we live in, you never know who's gonna do what or set someone off."
"There were multiple shots fired," explained Melbourne Police Chief David Gillespie. "It does indicate there were shots being fired as they drove down the street."
Police say it happened right across the street from the school, just before 4 p.m.
Victims of the alleged shooting drove to Palm Bay High School for help, knowing they could find safety at the school campus.
"We're very concerned with what happened here today," Chief Gillespie said. "This is something that's unacceptable to have in the community much less close by to a school where kids are outside, inside."
He hopes to find out what happened, "We would like to speak to anybody who has information regarding this shooting."
Authorities continues to search for a suspect and they ask that anyone with information call call Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS (8477).