Police Look for Kid with Gun Near Franklin Elementary

Officers Comb Area Around Campus and Eastside Library

Santa Barbara police officers are searching the areas around Franklin Elementary School and the Eastside Library school after receiving two reports of a male juvenile with a gun.

According to police spokesperson Sgt. Lorenzo Duarte, fire department personnel at Franklin School for unrelated reasons were approached by a parent at around 3:20 p.m. who said she had seen a young man with a gun. Shortly thereafter, dispatch received a call that a juvenile with a firearm was spotted near the Eastside Library.

“Officers requested Franklin School be locked down for safety purposes until they could conclude their search,” said Duarte. The school was re-opened when no suspect was located, he went on. The library was also searched and cleared.

Police continue to comb the area.

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