The Lee County Library main campus located at 107 Hawkins Avenue in Sanford was temporarily placed on lockdown this morning, Tuesday, September 17th at approximately 10:31 AM following reports of shots fired in the parking lot. 

Following a staff call to 9-1-1, the City of Sanford Police Department responded and were on the scene within minutes.  At 10:42 AM, the Library lifted the lockdown following input from the Sanford Police Department that those involved in the incident were no longer on library property and there was no immediate threat to the public.  No injuries have been reported at this time.

“We are grateful for the quick response by the Sanford Police Department and the Sheriff’s County Resource Officer,” shared Library Director Beth List.  “The Library remains open to the public at this time and we continue to work with our public safety professionals to ensure the safety of the public and our library patrons, which is our highest priority.”

The Lee County Libraries Main Campus and Broadway Branch have resumed normal operating hours.  Library staff continues to work with the Sanford Police Department in support of their investigation. 

This remains an open and active investigation; all questions related to this incident should be directed to Captain Frazer with the Sanford Police Department at (919) 775-8268.

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