Staff Member Discharges Abandoned Firearm at Elementary School
UPDATE: 2/17/2016, 5:25 P.M. – The following update was provided by the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office:
At approximately 8:20 am this morning, CCSO detectives were dispatched to Rock Crusher Elementary School in Homosassa after a gun was found on campus. After interviews with staff members and looking over surveillance footage – this is the timeline of events:
As a parent was dropping off her children to the before school care program, she found a small pistol laying on the ground near a sidewalk leading to the cafeteria behind the school. Thinking that it was a toy or pellet gun, the parent gave it to a custodian that was in the area. Both were under the impression since the gun was so small that it was a BB gun or toy gun. Thinking the gun wasn’t real, the custodian made an attempt to unload the ammunition into the ground and away from students. He accidentally discharged one bullet. At this time, he realized the handgun was real and the School Resource Officer was immediately called and the area was secured.
Our detectives responded to the school and started their investigation into how this gun ended up on campus. After looking through surveillance footage and researching the serial numbers on the gun – we determined the owner to be Roy Caffera of Crystal River. Mr. Caffera, who has a concealed carry permit and no criminal history, did not realize his weapon accidentally fell out of his shorts, through a torn cargo pocket, while walking his child into the before school care program. Our detectives learned from the video surveillance footage that approximately five minutes passed from when the gun accidentally fell into the grass to when the gun was found by the parent and turned over to the custodian. During this time, the gun was not disturbed.
As reported earlier, there were no injuries to students or staff during this incident.
Right now, the case is being referred to the State Attorney’s Office for further review.
HOMOSASSA (CITRUS) – A scary find at a Homosassa Elementary School this morning, after officials say a staff member of Rock Crusher Elementary, located a fully loaded handgun on school grounds.
According to Citrus County Officials, the gun was found lying in the grass, next to a sidewalk early this morning. When the staff member attempted to secure the firearm, it discharged a single round. No one was injured; say officials, but detectives are currently investigating the incident.
A spokesperson with the Sheriff’s Office says “The gun was not hidden and there does not appear to be any malicious intent.”
Parents have been notified of the incident and the investigation continues.
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