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Gunman dressed in black opens fire at Carlsbad elementary school, injuring two students [Updated]

October 8, 2010 |  2:04 pm

A gunman dressed in black opened fire outside an elementary school in Carlsbad on Friday afternoon, wounding two students before being tackled by construction workers, officials said.

The students suffered graze wounds and were being treated by doctors, officials said, and a bomb squad was called to examine a propane tank found in the suspect's car.

Shortly after noon, the suspect rolled up to the school in his car, said Lt. Kelly Cain of the Carlsbad Police Department. Armed with a .357-caliber handgun, Cain said, the suspect stepped onto the sidewalk next to the school playground and started firing wildly.

Construction workers nearby witnessed the incident and tackled the gunman, Cain said. 

[Updated at 2:15 p.m.: Construction worker Carlos Partida told 10News in San Diego that after the gunman opened fire at the playground, he got into his truck and was able to knock the suspect down with the vehicle before the man was tackled by other workers.]

[Updated at 2:40 p.m.: Ed Willins, who was nearby when the incident occurred, said he saw the construction workers tackle the suspect.

"They were on him immediately," he said. "They administered a little street justice on him before the cops got there."]

After the incident, parents were notified and came to pick up their kids, officials said.

-- Tony Perry in Carlsbad

Photos: The scene after the school shooting.

Credit: Fox 5 San Diego. See more photos here.