Temecula school officials today issued a lockdown at Rancho Elementary School, located at 31530 La Serena Way in Temecula, it was learned.
According to Temecula Valley Unified School District spokeswoman Melanie Norton, the lockdown was ordered at 2:45 p.m. after it was reported that a man with a gun was spotted in a neighborhood near the school.
Norton said that parents were informed of the precautionary measure via email, as Riverside County Sheriff’s Department officials combed the area in search of the suspect.
Riverside County Sheriff’s Deputy Albert Martinez said that officers had been conducting a probation check of a man living in the area of Camino del Este at about 2:42 p.m. when the man took off running.
Initially believing the suspect was armed, police alerted school officials.
The lockdown was lifted at 3:55 p.m. and parents were notified to pick up their students, Norton said.
She added that the school’s principal planned to wait outside with students until parents could safely retrieve their children.
The suspect is still at large, according to Martinez.