Police search for armed man, nearby schools locked

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Updated: 4/10/2014 11:03 pm

TUSTIN, Calif. (AP) — A police search for an armed man in an Orange County neighborhood has prompted seven nearby schools to lock their gates and keep children indoors.

Tustin Unified spokesman Mark Eliot says the schools were put on what officials are calling a "soft lockdown" as a precaution early Thursday after learning of the police search. He says children are attending class as usual and visitors to the schools are being asked for identification.

Police Sgt. Andy Birozy says officers responded to a call shortly before 9 a.m. of a man carrying a rifle-styled weapon on Nisson Road in Tustin.

Birozy says police confronted the suspect and fired at him before he fled into a nearby apartment complex. No injuries were immediately reported. The search for the suspect is ongoing.

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