Escondido schools locked down after suspects flee traffic stop

Posted at 2:39 PM, Mar 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-09 20:09:38-05

ESCONDIDO, Calif. — Two schools in the Escondido area were placed on lockdown Thursday afternoon after suspects fled a police stop.

Police tried to stop a vehicle on the 1600 block of E. Washington Street around 1:56 p.m. Two suspects fled the vehicle before it continued on and was stopped again, Escondido Police Lt. Justin Murphy told 10News.

Valley High School was placed on lockdown "out of an abundance of caution," police said. Mission Middle School went into self-lockdown protocol.

The lockdowns were lifted about 10 minutes later.

Four people ran from the car, police said, and a witness reported seeing one person with a shotgun in a duffel bag, police said.

Three of the four suspects have been recovered. No firearms were located, though improvised weapons were found in the vehicle.

There is no indication the suspects ran onto either of the two campuses.

An earlier report indicated that Escondido Charter High School has been placed on lockdown. This was incorrect.