Police searching for man with rifle near Lubbock school - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/19/10

Police searching for man with rifle near Martin Early Learning Center

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - About 270 students at a Lubbock school are now home safe after the school was on lock down Wednesday afternoon.

"A school volunteer was on the playground area when he heard a noise that sounded like a gunshot," said LISD spokesperson Nancy Sharp.

Sharp said the volunteer turned around to see what it was, that's when he saw a man standing outside the school fence holding a weapon. "The person who reported it said it appeared to be a rifle or a shot gun. The school immediately went into lock down," she said.

The man was never inside the school grounds, and was last seen walking away from the school into a field. LISD and Lubbock Police were not able to find the man. He is described as a black man, last seen wearing a blue shirt and jeans.

The lock down was lifted half an hour later but to be safe, the students stayed indoors the rest of the school day. All parents were notified and had the chance to pick their children up early.

LISD and LPD said they will continue to keep a watchful eye on the school over the next few days.

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