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Gun report locks down El Camino, Hale schools

January 26, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
El Camino Real High School and Hale Middle School were placed on lockdown Wednesday afternoon for approximately 30 minutes.

A person with a gun was reported on or near the El Camino campus.

The Los Angeles Unified School District confirmed that El Camino Real High School and Hale Middle School were locked down at 2:45 p.m.

The lockdowns were subsequently lifted at 3:19 p.m.

A student reported a person with a gun on or near the south campus parking lot possibly walking away from the school.

A person was detained in handcuffs on the El Camino campus. A weapon was not found. LAUSD Police report that the person detained is a 10th-grade student.

Police did not release details on the detainee.

"Earlier this afternoon, about 12 o'clock, during lunch time, a student was threatened by another student," said LAUSD Police Sgt. Tom Mason. "It had something to do with some possible gang issue or something. The victim thought that the person might have had a weapon. He never saw a weapon. The school was placed on lockdown. The student reported this to a dean. The school was placed on lockdown. And then the subject, the person we were looking for, was found."

LAUSD Police had units on scene investigating Wednesday afternoon.

El Camino Real High School in Woodland Hills was one of nine campuses in the San Fernando Valley locked down last Wednesday when a car-burglary suspect fired a gun at an LAUSD Police officer.

The school police officer was struck in the chest but avoided major injury due to a protective vest. The officer sustained minor injuries and was released from the hospital later that evening.

A massive 7-square-mile perimeter search was launched to find the shooting suspect last Wednesday. The suspect was not located.