All-clear given to Sunland-Tujunga area schools after hours-long lockdowns

Some schools in the Sunland-Tujunga region were on lockdown for hours Tuesday after reports of a possible shooter in the area. 

According to the Los Angeles Police Department, it all began around 9:30 a.m. after someone called 911 reporting a person dressed in tactical gear and carrying a black backpack while on an electric scooter. 

The lockdown was eventually lifted around 4 p.m. after an hours-long investigation.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or actual shots fired. No weapons were reported being seen, and the schools later switched to a "shelter in place" status, with some implementing modified dismissal schedules, officials said. 

School police remained on the affected campuses throughout the day.

Video from SkyFOX showed a large police presence outside Verdugo Hills High School, which remained under a shelter-in-place. Mount Gleason Middle School, Plainview Avenue Elementary and Pinewood Avenue Elementary are also reportedly on lockdown. According to officials, all students and staff are currently safe.


LAUSD released the following statement:

"We are maintaining direct communication with local authorities, who are keeping us updated with the latest developments. They have advised that our school remains safe for instruction. The Los Angeles School Police Department is also on our campus as a precautionary measure."