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Border Patrol ShootingCAMPO, Calif. — An elementary school in East County briefly locked down its campus Wednesday in response to a nearby shooting involving the U.S. Border Patrol, officials said.

School officials at Campo Elementary School said that they voluntarily closed the campus Tuesday morning after hearing gunfire near the school. No shots were fired at the school, and the lockdown was lifted at about 11 a.m. they said.

The shooting happened shortly before 7 a.m. on state Route 94 near Forrest Gate Road, according to Cal Fire, which sent an ambulance to the scene.  Emergency crews found a person suffering from cuts from shattered glass but no gunshot victim, said Cal Fire Capt. Mike Mohler.

Several construction workers working at a park near the shooting scene told FOX 5 that they saw three people lying on the ground outside of a vehicle that appeared to be loaded with bundles of marijuana when they drove by. They could not tell if the people on the ground were injured.

A spokesman for the U.S. Border Patrol confirmed that agency personnel were involved in shooting near Campos Tuesday morning. The agency will release a statement about the incident later in the day, the spokesman said.

The Border Patrol, the FBI  and San Diego County Sheriff’s deputies were investigating the incident.

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