Valley High School locked down as officers search for armed suspect

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) -- Valley High School was put on lockdown Thursday as officers searched for an armed suspect in the area.

The Sacramento Police Department said its officers and deputies with the county were helping the county probation department in its search.

Investigators say just before 11:30 a.m., they saw a juvenile fall off his bike. When they went to see if he was OK the boy pulled out a semi-automatic handgun.

He then took off running through Valley High School. It was lunchtime at the school, so there were crowds of kids outside and officers said they lost sight of the suspect.

The school went into lockdown for several hours as police searched the area. A perimeter was set up near Center Parkway and Ehrhardt Avenue. Nearby Cosumnes River College, John Reith Elementary and Barbara Comstock Morse Elementary were also placed on precautionary lockdowns.

Police used helicopters and went door to door to try to find the suspect.

Parents rushed to see what was going on at the high school but there were roadblocks everywhere.

“My stomach is just turning not knowing what’s going on in there," said parent Joyce Herrera. "Is there somebody in there and our children are in danger?"

District officials said the lockdown was lifted at 2:29 p.m. The perimeter was broken down and suspect search was called off around 3 p.m.

Parents were relieved to pick up their kids and know they were safe.

"I didn’t know what was going on until everyone started running," said student Brian Herrera. "Nervous, scared."

Investigators are still trying to track down the armed juvenile. At the time, he was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.

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