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4 Encinitas Schools Briefly Locked Down After Reports Of Gunman

Four Encinitas schools were placed on lockdown for about 20 minutes today while the sheriff's department investigated a report of a man with a gun in the area, authorities said.

Ocean Knoll Elementary, San Dieguito Academy, Oak Crest Middle and St. John's Preschool were each placed on lockdown as a precautionary measure about 9 a.m., according to San Diego County sheriff's Lt. Jeff Maxin.

The measure was taken after deputies received a report that a man with a gun was spotted in a canyon near the San Dieguito Academy, Maxin said.

At 9:21 a.m., deputies located the man and lockdown orders were lifted, he said.

It was not immediately clear whether a weapon was recovered.

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