Parents Flock to Whittier Schools Following Nearby Fatal Shooting

3 schools locked down following deadly shooting in Whittier

By Olsen Ebright
|  Monday, Mar 26, 2012  |  Updated 5:15 PM PDT
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Deputies search a Whittier neighborhood following a fatal shooting that prompted lockdowns at three nearby schools.

Deputies search a Whittier neighborhood following a fatal shooting that prompted lockdowns at three nearby schools.

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At least three Whittier schools were placed on lockdown Monday following a nearby fatal shooting and subsequent manhunt for the gunman.

Laurel Elementary School‎, which has 492 students, and Evergreen Elementary School, with 780 students, were placed on lockdown around noon, East Whittier City School District Superintendent Joe Gillentine said.

Aerial video showed more than 100 parents lined up along a sidewalk outside Laurel to pick up their children.

Frontier High School, a nearby continuation school, was also placed on lockdown for about an hour, according to the Whittier Union High School District.

At least one person was shot around noon near the intersection of Mulberry Drive and Painter Avenue (map), according to the Norwalk Sheriff's Department.

The victim, who was identified as male, was hospitalized and later died as a result of the shooting, according to the sheriff's department.

The shooting did not involve any students from East Whittier City School District, Gillentine said.

According to Whittier Union High School District, the victim did not attend Frontier.

A suspect has not been publically identified yet.


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