CHULA VISTA, Calif. — Two schools in Chula Vista secured their campuses Wednesday morning while police searched for an armed man in a shopping center nearby.
The secure campus orders were issued at Eastlake High School and Olympic View Elementary School around 7:30 a.m.
Chula Vista Police Department told FOX 5 they were searching for a man with a gun who was reported near a Walmart just south of the campuses, which are located on Eastlake Parkway between Otay Lakes Road and Olympic Parkway.
Officials said the man was described as a Hispanic adult wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and camouflage pants, holding a black firearm, which may have been a BB gun. He may have been trying to rob a store, according to officers.
Some streets were briefly closed in the immediate area while a sheriff’s department helicopter circled the block and CVPD officers searched on the ground.
By about 8:15 a.m., officers determined the man may have boarded a departing bus and was no longer in the area, police said. Armed guards remained stationed at each campus and the schools would continue taking precautions, according to CVPD.
“There was never any known danger to Eastlake High School,” CVPD Lt. Dan Peak said.
Police originally referred to the situation as a “lockdown” but later clarified the campuses were in “secure campus mode.” Typically, this refers to a situation where schools lock their gates and doors and keep students indoors, but continue classroom instruction.