COCOA POLICE: Gun Threat At Eastern Florida State College ‘Unfounded’

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ABOVE VIDEO: Becky Head, and her son and stepdaughter, Garrett Head and Sage Hicks, talk about their scary ordeal insideEastern Florida State College’s Cocoa campus – and a mother’s worry on the outside. (Alan Ziotorznski video)

BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA, FLORIDA – Cocoa Police Patrol officers, with assistance from the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, responded to a report of a possible gun threat at the Cocoa campus of Eastern Florida State College, which was later revealed to be unfounded.

According to Yvonne Martinez, Cocoa Police Public Information Officer, just after 10 a.m. Tuesday, Cocoa Police Department dispatchers received a 911 call from a woman who reported her daughter was hiding in a closet on the school campus after she reportedly heard what she thought was gunfire.

The call was placed less than 10 minutes after a text alert was sent from the college warning of a potential gun threat and for students to lock down.

“This was in response to an earlier 911 open line received from the sheriff’s office indicating there may be an armed person in the area of the college campus,” said Martinez.

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Yvonne Martinez

“Police responded and attempted to secure all buildings while they deployed for a search of a possible gunman.”

A short time later officers safely located the uninjured student who reported hearing gunshots. Further investigation revealed her report was unfounded.

A subsequent precautionary search of select campus buildings yielded no evidence of an armed person nor a threat of violence.

College security later cancelled classes for the day at the Cocoa campus.

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UPDATE: Lockdowns Cancelled For Schools In Cocoa After Threat of Gun Violence

ABOVE VIDEO: Becky Head, and her son and stepdaughter, Garrett Head and Sage Hicks, talk about their scary ordeal insideEastern Florida State College’s Cocoa campus – and a mother’s worry on the outside. (Alan Ziotorznski video)

UPDATE: NOV. 17, 2015 – 11:25 a.m.

Eastern Florida State College and Brevard Public Schools have cancelled all lockdowns after authorities investigated earlier reports of a suspect threatening gun violence on the Eastern Florida State College Cocoa campus.

EFSC Alert – The Cocoa campus emergency has ended. Authorities on site say the campus is safe. The lockdown is over….

Posted by Eastern Florida State College on Tuesday, November 17, 2015

ORIGINAL STORY: NOV. 17, 2015 – 10 a.m.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Authorities are on scene and investigating reports that a suspect is threatening gun violence at Eastern Florida State College’s Cocoa campus.

In a Facebook post, Eastern Florida authorities requested those on campus to remain indoors and lock doors until further notice.

Also on lockdown are nearby Endeavour Elementary School, Cocoa High School, Cambridge Elementary School and Saturn Elementary School.

“No activity is currently taking place on any of these campuses,” the Brevard Public Schools said on their Facebook page.

“All students and staff are safe, and the schools are cooperating with law enforcement. We will update our social media platforms when the lockdowns are lifted.”

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EFSC Alert – Authorities are on scene and investigating reports that a suspect is threatening gun violence at Eastern Florida State College’s Cocoa campus. Remain indoors and lock doors until further notice.

Posted by Eastern Florida State College on Tuesday, November 17, 2015

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