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South Gate High is on a 'precautionary' lockdown [Updated]

January 21, 2011 |  6:26 pm

About 200 students, teachers and administrators at South Gate High School were on a "precautionary" lockdown Friday night after someone reported seeing a male brandishing a gun outside the school, officials said.

South Gate police and school officers have done a preliminary search of the campus and haven't found anything suspicious, said Susan Cox, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Unified School District. Students will be held a little longer as officers make sure it is safe to leave, she said.

Most students had already left for the day when the gunman reportedly was seen off-campus at 3:30 p.m., Cox said. Those students remaining are involved in athletics and after-school activities, she said.

No shots were fired and no injuries have been reported, Cox said.

[Updated at 6:30 p.m.: The lockdown has been lifted and students are being allowed to go home. Three suspects have taken into custody, Cox said. No weapon has been found.]


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