Sheriff Grady Judd: "Thankfully, this was not an active assailant situation."

DAVENPORT — What first appeared to be a possible gun threat at the Davenport School of the Arts on Thursday morning turned into a case of two men targeting shooting with BB guns near school property.

Following a hectic and frightening morning for hundreds of parents after the school was placed on lockdown just after 8 a.m., the Polk County Sheriff's Office identified two men targeting shooting on their property less than a mile north of the school on County Road 547.

After the men were taken into custody, the PCSO reported at 11:35 a.m. that there was no threat to students or staff at the school.

"Thankfully, this was not an active assailant situation. We became aware of two suspicious people, and out of an abundance of caution, we responded swiftly and we were able to determine there was no legitimate threat," Sheriff Grady Judd said. "I want to compliment the caller who saw something and said something.

"I also want to acknowledge the great work done by the deputies, Polk Schools staff, and members from Winter Haven PD, Haines City PD, Davenport PD, Lake Wales PD, the Osceola County Sheriff's Office, and the Florida Highway Patrol."

The school was placed on lockdown with students and staff shuttered into classroom safety spots after a caller notified law enforcement that they had seen two young men dressed in black carrying rifles near the school.

PCSO deputies and multiple agencies responded, including a SWAT team. Parents were notified and quickly lined up outside the school by the hundreds.

PCSO spokesman Scott Wilder said the two young men were quickly identified and taken into custody by deputies. The young men said they were doing target practice on their property, and the sheriff's office did find a target they were shooting at with BB guns.

Parents who responded were in shock.

Holly Snyder was leaving the school where her three children attend classes when she saw the school resource officer directing traffic. She saw numerous flashing lights as emergency vehicles converged on the school.

When asked what was going through her mind at that point, Snyder told reporters, "What the hell is wrong with America. I was scared," she said. "I had just dropped them off."

Eighth-grade student Braden Danser, 13, texted his mom to let her know he was OK "and to let her know I am in a safe building, but there are people in the area and they have guns. So we're out there and all of a sudden we had a lockdown."

Danser said then it went into a high security lockdown and cops started coming.

"Everyone was scared, just like me," said Danser, who added he had previously experienced a school lockdown in the third grade. "I am still shivering right now."

"This was the real deal and not a drill, otherwise they would have stopped it a while ago," he said, standing outside the school after parents were allowed to get their kids.

Danser's mother, Lindsay Lamb, said there was a group of parents waiting at a nearby Dollar General for their kids to be dropped off. They were communicating by text to make sure their children were OK.

"They were hiding. They were scared. They were comforting each other," Lamb said of the children inside the school. "A lot of mothers didn't have a way to contact their kids. It's a terrifying feeling to not be able to get to your baby and to know that he is safe."

"My heart is still racing, it is beating very fast and I am still scared," Danser said. "I don't feel safe, but I know that I am safe right now because cars and helicopters are still trying to find out why."

Kimberly Crawford said she was at home when she received a text from her daughter that the school was on lockdown. Her daughter, Justice, 10, is studying music and dance at the school. Crawford said that in the two years her daughter has attended the school, she has never seen anything like this.