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Man fires at LAPD, prompting South Los Angeles school lockdown

January 17, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
Police were searching for a man who allegedly fired shots at Los Angeles police officers Tuesday morning in South L.A.

Authorities said a man got out of his car on 53rd and Hoover streets around 10 a.m. and opened fire on officers. The suspect then fled on foot. Undercover police officers and FBI agents were conducting surveillance in the area. LAPD and FBI SWAT teams were called to the scene.

Police put 52nd Street Elementary School on lockdown while officers searched for the suspect. Authorities said students were safe inside their classrooms. The lockdown was lifted after 1 p.m.

The suspect was described as an African-American male, 180 pounds, 6 feet 2 inches tall, wearing a gray shirt and light-colored blue jeans. He was driving a burgundy 4-door Cadillac STS with chrome wheels, before fleeing on foot. Officers said he was armed with a handgun.

No officers were injured in the shooting.