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Police: Tampa 16-year-old took gun to school, used it in fight

A 16-year-old Hillsborough High School student brought a gun on campus Wednesday and used it in an after-school fight by pointing it at another teen and pistol-whipping him, authorities said.

Antonio Comer, of 1419 E. Mohawk Ave., was arrested after an anonymous person called police to report the fight as it took place about 3 p.m. at East Cayuga Street and Seminole Avenue, a half-mile south of the school.

When police arrived at the scene, several males ran away and an officer said he saw Comer throw the gun in a nearby trash can. Another officer caught Comer as he fled, police said.

Comer admitted to investigators he had a gun on campus earlier in the day, police spokesman Andrea Davis said in a news release.

During the fight, Comer “pulled the gun from his pocket, pointed it and threatened the victim,” Davis said. “The suspect pistol-whipped the victim.”

Comer faces charges of carrying a concealed firearm, aggravated battery, possession of a firearm on school property, being a minor in possession of a firearm, and tampering with evidence.

Hillsborough County school district spokeswoman Tanja Arja said Comer will no longer be attending Hillsborough High because of this incident.

The other boy, also 16, attended a diffenent Hillsborough public school, Arja said.

Investigators are working to determine how Comer obtained the gun, police said.

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