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Eastlake High School placed in 'secure campus' mode during nearby Chula Vista police search

Posted at 8:04 AM, Mar 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-04 15:25:40-05

CHULA VISTA, Calif. (KGTV) -- Eastlake High School in Chula Vista took security precautions Wednesday morning as police searched for a man reportedly armed with a weapon.

According to Chula Vista police, a 911 caller indicated that a man was waving what was believed to be a firearm at the intersection of Olympic and Eastlake parkways just after 7:15 a.m.

The caller described the man as Hispanic and wearing a baseball cap, black sweatshirts, and camouflage pants.

Due to the proximity to the reported incident, Eastlake High, Olympic View Elementary and Camarena Elementary each took safety precautions as police launched a search.

Police said Eastlake High locked itself down at the order of a school official or campus security. Police confirmed they did not direct the school to go on lockdown.

The lockdown interrupted a rally at the school in which teachers protested a recent decision by the Sweetwater Union High School District to plan layoffs and program cuts.

Officers on the ground and a police helicopter searched the area for a person matching the description, but that person was never located.

According to police, after communicating with school officials, Eastlake High’s lockdown was downgraded to a “secure campus” mode -- meaning people entering and exiting the campus would be monitored and any suspicious activity would be immediately reported.

By 9 a.m., school was operating as normal.

Police told 10News they did not believe there was a danger to the community or the schools.