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LAPD opens up area in Woodland Hills closed after shooting

January 19, 2011 |  9:42 pm

Los Angeles police Wednesday opened up a swath of Woodland Hills that had been cordoned off for much of the day as authorities continued their search for a gunman who opened fire on a school police officer.

A seven-square-mile area had been sealed as authorities launched one of the largest dragnets in recent Los Angeles Police Department memory. The area was opened up at 9:15 p.m.

Earlier in the day, more than 350 officers from four agencies combed  the swath of the west San Fernando Valley, searching for the man who shot a Los Angeles Unified School District police officer after he was confronted in the midst of suspicious activity.

That massive effort disrupted daily routines for thousands of people as cars were searched, roads were blocked and schools were sealed. The officer was shot shortly before noon near El Camino Real High School.

At one point, nine schools with a combined enrollment of 9,000 were under lockdown orders. By evening, the lockdowns had been lifted.

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-- Andrew Blankstein and Robert J. Lopez

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