Students evacuated from Sylmar school after reports of man with rifle

All students and staff were evacuated from a Sylmar school after reports of a man with a rifle forced a campus lockdown Monday afternoon, police said.

The Los Angeles School Police Department first reported the lockdown at Sylmar Charter High School on Borden Avenue around 1 p.m., saying there was a man with a rifle on the north perimeter.

Residents were asked to stay away from the area as law enforcement responded.

By 1:48 p.m., police said the suspect was believed to be in an apartment complex on the north side perimeter.

At that time, school police were gathering staff on campus and escorting them to another location.

All students and staff had been safely evacuated by 2:12 p.m., according to the department.

The suspect was described as being a Black man in his early 20s, wearing a Laker mask, white T-shirt, black shorts and black and white shoes. He’s also described as having curly hair.

No further details were immediately available.

Check back for updates for this developing story.

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