Coconut Grove

For Coconut Grove students, a lesson in violence as man killed under school sign, more shots nearby

The first week of school was rough for the students at Frances S. Tucker Elementary, on the edge of Miami’s Coconut Grove.

Last Tuesday, a man was shot and killed, collapsing under the school’s marquee in the early evening, long after school had ended.

Friday, the school was in a brief 30-minute lockdown after gunfire erupted about two blocks away. Kids playing in physical education classes in the school’s yard at 3500 S. Douglas Rd., startling kids playing on the school’s outdoor field.

The lockdown, which began at 1:02 p.m., lasted more than 30 minutes.

“It’s protocol whenever there’s a situation close by,” said Miami Police Sgt. Freddie Cruz.

In the first instance on Tuesday, police said two men got into a “beef” in front of the school, when Carl Springer, 19, shot and killed another man who then collapsed and died in the grass in front of the school’s marquee.

Springer was captured and charged with homicide. Police have not released the name of the victim, though they said he was an adult, and say they’re not aware of the motive. The school was not locked down because the kids had left, police said.

In the second instance on Friday, gunshots rang out just before 1 p.m. Police said one man shot at another man two blocks from the school, but the bullet missed. The man then called police, who said they know the shooter’s name, but haven’t said if they captured him yet.

Witnesses at the school said students outdoors taking physical education classes had to scramble back inside, causing a commotion.