FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Prepared by Captain Michael Loarie
On Thursday, May 09, 2013, at about 10:00 AM, EPD received a report of a male on the campus of Escondido High School with an Airsoft rifle. The caller stated the male was walking around the northern area of the school (baseball fields) and described as:
- “High School” age
- Long brown hair
- All black clothing
- Black hard plastic mask
- Black backpack
- Black gloves
The male did not appear to be concerned about who was seeing him.
Officers were dispatched immediately. They arrived at the school within minutes. As they arrived, EPD advised the school what was happening and to lock down. School staff had the campus cleared as officers were arriving. EPD had not been able to determine if the male seen had an Airsoft rifle or if it was real gun.
Several EPD officers searched the school and San Diego Sheriff’s ASTREA helicopter assisted. The search of the school was swift and officers did not encounter delays or problems during that search.
While searching, officers had additional information that someone had heard three shots being fired near the school; however, they later determined that the sounds were from an adjacent apartment complex that was south of the campus. They searched that area as well and could not find anyone or evidence that there was gunshots or shots from an Airsoft at that location.
The search of the school lasted about 65 minutes. Officers could not locate the male they were looking for and consulted with school administration. The school was declared off lockdown at 11:15 AM.
Officers remained to see if anyone had additional information as the school resumed their normal business. No additional information has been developed at this time.
EPD will be keeping both marked and undercover units in the area of the school for the remainder of the day.
If anyone has information about this event, please contact EPD @ 760.839.4722. The case is being investigated by School Resource Officer LaRose and EPD Detectives.
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