Man arrested in PB Gardens after shotgun scare

Posted at 8:03 AM, Jan 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-28 19:13:18-05

2 schools in Palm Beach Gardens were on lockdown Thursday.

Timber Trace Elementary and Watson B. Duncan Middle School are no longer on lockdown due to police activity in the area.

Police say residents called to report a person walking with a shotgun.

After an extensive search, the suspect, 19-year-old Anthony Paul Droscoski-Ferrera of Jupiter, was located in the area of Hood Road and Gross Pointe Drive.

A twelve gauge shotgun was recovered and Droscoski-Ferrera was arrested and being charged with resisting arrest without violence and narcotics charges.

A second juvenile person of interest was located and released to their parents, according to police.  

The Palm Beach County School District says it has lifted the lockdowns and classes have resumed as scheduled.

The school district released the following information: 

51 students -- 48 from Timber Trace and 3 from Duncan -- who ride buses to their respective schools were transported to Palm Beach Gardens High School. They were given breakfast while they waited for the Code Red to be lifted. Parents were notified and have the option to pick up their children at Gardens High. Those students who aren't picked up will be taken back to their schools for the school day.

142 students who ride the bus to Duncan Middle were taken to William T. Dwyer High School during the lockdown. They were given breakfast and waited for the Code Red to be lifted. Those students are being taken back to Duncan Middle.

Both schools will allow parents to come and sign their children out from school. Additional staff is being added at both schools to accommodate any additional sign-outs today.

Teachers at both schools are discussing the situation with their students, reinforcing how when a situation like this occurs, we work together as a community to resolve it.