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Lockdown lifted at Echo Park school

February 14, 2011 |  2:24 pm

A lockdown was lifted at Betty Plasencia Elementary School in Los Angeles' Echo Park neighborhood Monday morning after police searched for an armed man spotted on campus, authorities said.

Officers from the Los Angeles Police Department responded to a call from the school around 8:30 a.m. that an armed, unidentified man was walking through the school’s campus, said Lt. Hector Rodriguez of the Los Angeles School Police Department.

Police worked to secure the perimeter of the campus at 1321 Cortez St. and security checks were conducted in classrooms, Rodriguez said.

A man matching the description of the gunman was detained Monday and he was later let go after questioning, police said. He did not have a gun when police detained him, LAPD Officer Bruce Borihanh said.

The lockdown ended after 10 a.m.

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