LOS ANGELES - Police released a sketch of the suspect who shot Los Angeles School Police Department Officer Jeff Stenroos near El Camino Real High School in Woodland Hills.
Detectives at the LAPD's Robbery-Homicide Division are taking the lead in the hunt for the gunman, according to watch commanders at the Topanga Station and at the school police department.
"We need to apprehend that suspect," said Lt. Orlando Moreno of the LAPD's Foothill Station.
Stenroos was shot once in the chest area about 11:40 a.m. Wednesday and his ballistics vest saved him from serious injury.
He was released from Northridge Hospital Medical Center at 6:15 p.m. and went home with several family members.
The gunman was described as a man in his mid- to late-40s, 5-foot-9 to 5- foot-10 with long grayish hair pulled into a ponytail. He was last seen wearing blue jeans with a dark-colored bomber jacket or sweatshirt, and he was carrying a handgun described as 9mm semiautomatic, according to Los Angeles police.
The shooting prompted a massive manhunt in the Woodland Hills area Wednesday, with more than 350 officers and sheriff's deputies searching and nine schools placed on lockdown. Most of those schools remained on lockdown for the bulk of the day.
Students were released only after police thoroughly searched the campuses. School district officials said all of the schools will operate normally today. Counselors will be available to students at each campus that was locked down.