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Echo Park school on lockdown as police search for armed man [Updated]

February 14, 2011 |  9:36 am


Betty Plasencia Elementary School in Los Angeles' Echo Park neighborhood was on lockdown Monday as 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 are working to secure the perimeter of the campus at 1321 Cortez St. Security checks were being conducted in classrooms, Rodriguez said.

School officers were working with the LAPD to make sure the gunman was no longer on campus, Rodriguez said.

[Updated at 10:35 a.m.: A man matching the description of the gunman was detained on Monday, police said. The man in custody did not have a gun when police detained him, said LAPD Officer Bruce Borihanh.

The school remained locked down while police continued to search the area for other possible suspects.]


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Photo: LAUSD police search for a man seen with a weapon around Betty Plasencia Elementary School in Echo Park. Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times