Update: 6:00 p.m. 5/1/09

A Tallahassee teen is under arrest after police say he was spotted with a gun near the campus of Leon High School.

His name is Loren Sharp and he claims it was a cell phone that he dropped, not a gun.

But police are sure it was a weapon and it prompted the lock down of four schools.

He was arrested and charged with carrying a concealed firearm, trespassing on school grounds while armed, and resisting arrest without violence.

Police say they received an anonymous tip that he was at a house on Terrace Street.

Sharp is not a student at Leon High School. Authorities say he was out on bond in a sexual battery case.
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3:33 p.m. (5/1)

Authorities say they have captured the suspect.

A name has not yet been released.

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Updated 12:09 p.m. (5/1)

The following schools are all OFF lock-down:

Leon High School
Cobb Middle School
Kate Sullivan

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Updated 11:52 a.m. (5/1)

TPD says Leon High School is now OFF lock-down.

Extra security personnel will remain on campus throughout the day.
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Updated: 11:13 a.m.

Tallahassee police say suspect is a white man wearing blue jean shorts and a blue and white striped polo style shirt. He has short red hair, between the ages of 16 and 19 years old. He's around 5'8" and 150 pounds.
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Updated: 10:51 a.m.

A helicopter is assisting in the search for a man with a gun spotted near the campus of Leon High School.
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Source: Tallahassee Police spokesperson OFC David McCranie

At approximately 9:45am, an officer observed a young male near the baseball field of Leon High School. The officer observed the male drop a handgun, pick it up and flee when the officer attempted to stop him. The male is currently at large in the neighborhood and officers are conducting a search to locate him. Additionally, nearby schools such as Cobb Middle School, and Kate Sullivan have been locked down as well as daycare centers in the area.

We have a crew on the way and will bring you more details as they become available.


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  • by John Location: Tallahassee on May 2, 2009 at 06:35 AM
    I'm not on the kid's side, but if he wasn't found with a gun, then I don't believe he should have been charged with carrying a concealed weapon based on the word of one TPD officer. They don't really have a good track record in my opinion.
  • by Diane Location: normak@nettally.com on May 1, 2009 at 02:44 PM
    I live in betton hills my girlfriend called me and told me about it did they finnally catch this creep or is he still on the loose.can we feel safe in our house now or do you still want us to look out for him.
  • by ccw Location: inyourface on May 1, 2009 at 09:44 AM
    Stupid white boy trying to be BLACK.
  • by Anonymous on May 1, 2009 at 09:30 AM
    Well did they apprehend this white man?
  • by Miriam's Playhouse Location: 646 east call street on May 1, 2009 at 09:15 AM
    We are very close to Leon High and no one notify us of the gunman this morning. We learned about the problem from a parent. What if....? Director
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