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Three in custody after shooting in Brandon


Published:   |   Updated: November 21, 2013 at 04:40 PM

Three young males were taken into custody — one with the help of a unknown civilian bystander — after two men were shot Thursday morning near a Brandon duplex, not far from elementary school, authorities said.

Yates Elementary, on Kingsway Drive, were on a modified lockdown as the search for additional suspects and a weapon continued, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said.

Sheriff’s detectives were interviewing the three people in custody after the shooting, which took place just after 7 a.m. at 610 E. Morgan St.

After deputies arrived, video from a local television helicopter showed a man tackling one of the suspects. The sheriff’s office said the man was an “unknown good Samaritan” who left the scene while the arresting deputy was handcuffing the suspect.

“The good Samaritan walked back to his car and left without leaving his name,” sheriff’s office spokesman Larry McKinnon said in a news release.

The names of the three males in custody and any charges have not been released. Sheriff David Gee said investigators are checking to see whether the three were juveniles.

At a news conference, Gee said he believed the main suspects were in custody, but deputies were still actively looking for others who may be involved as well as a weapon that may have been discarded.

While Yates remained on modified lockdown, lockdowns were lifted at four other schools: Brooker Elementary, Mann Middle, McLane Middle and Brandon High.

The men who were shot were taken to Tampa General Hospital in serious condition.

Gee said he could not give a possible motive for the shootings. He said the victims appeared to be walking from a nearby McDonald’s restaurant when they were followed and confronted by the males responsible for the shooting. Gee did not know if those involved were acquainted.

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