Shots fired in street prompt brief lockdown at nearby school

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SAN DIEGO -- A volley of gunshots fired on a street near a Southcrest elementary school Monday led to a brief lockdown of the campus and a police search of the area for the outstanding suspects.

The shooting happened at around 1:30 p.m. near Cesar Chavez Elementary School. Witnesses told police that a car with four men in it stopped in the street and a man got out and fired four shots at a tan sedan near South 40th and Alpha streets. The target of the gunman drove off. The gunman got back in his car and it drove away as well, according to police.

San Diego police officers responded but were unable to locate the  victim or the gunman. Investigators found  several shell casings on the street and there was at least one bullet hole in a white pickup that was parked near the shooting scene.

The school was placed on lockdown for about half an hour, according to San Diego Unified spokesman Maureen Magee. The lockdown was lifted around 2 p.m., and students were allowed to leave campus at their regularly scheduled departure time of 2:10 p.m., with the assistance of campus police, Magee said.

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