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Elementary school campus closed in Winnetka while police search for discarded weapon

April 14, 2011 |  8:20 am


Police kept students and staff off an elementary school campus in Winnetka on Thursday morning while they searched for a weapon that may have been discarded by car-theft suspects fleeing police. One suspect is in custody; the other is believed to have left the area.

Two schools are located on the Sunny Brae Elementary campus, one a traditional school and the other an independently operated charter school which is authorized by but not under the day-to-day supervision of the Los Angeles Unified School District.

The charter school is Ivy Academia, which operates its second- and third-grade classes on the site. The charter will remain closed until parents are notified otherwise, said Grissette Ortiz, a resource assistant working from a nearby Ivy Academia campus.

Access to the traditional school, which serves kindergarten through fifth grades, was expected to be restored by 7:15 a.m., said Gayle Pollard-Terry, a spokesperson for L.A. Unified. The school was expected to be open at its normal 7:30 a.m. time.

Police blocked off the surrounding streets while pursuing the two suspects, one of whom allegedly fired a shot at police.

KTLA reported that the confrontation with police occurred at about 11 p.m. Wednesday.


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Photo: LAPD officers continue their investigation of a car theft and shooting. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times