Crime & Justice

UPDATE: Suspect arrested following 3 schools in Paramount being placed on lockdown

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Update 5:25 p.m. Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies today arrested a man thought responsible for the lockdown of three Paramount schools this morning, authorities said.

The man — reported to be armed — was seen shortly after 10 a.m. near Century Boulevard and Downey Avenue, the general area of Paramount High School, Roosevelt Elementary and Wirtz Elementary schools, department officials said.

As a precaution, the schools were locked down as a search was conducted.

The suspect was taken into custody at about 3:45 p.m., according to Capt. Mike Parker of the Sheriff's Headquarters Bureau.

KPCC wire services

Previously: Three schools in the city of Paramount were locked down due to a report of a gunman in the area, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department confirmed. The schools locked down were Roosevelt Elementary, Wirtz Elementary and Paramount High.

The man spotted in the area around 10:20 a.m. was a "known gang member," according to sheriff's deputies, NBC4 reports.

NBC4 reported that a helicopter had landed on Paramount High School’s baseball field during the lockdown:

According to NBC4,  no shots were fired in the area.

“Deputies were dispatched to the area after a patrol unit reported seeing a subject with a firearm at about 10:20 a.m."

The Long Beach Press-Telegram says no injuries have been reported.

The Paramount lockdown comes in the midst of recent lockdowns and hoax threats to San Gabriel Valley schools and Arcadia High School, which resulted in the arrest of a 26-year-old Monrovia man.