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.
@ 7:17am today, a man was seen w/ a black(possibly BB gun), wearing black hoodie&camo. pants. Possibly left on bus, CVPD couldn't find him. No known danger to EHS, CVPD did not put the EHS on lockdown. No known motive, possible,robbery. **Any info? Call CVPD at 619-691-5151.** pic.twitter.com/f1zxaoEGMb
— Chula Vista Police (@ChulaVistaPD) March 4, 2020
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.