Southwestern College on lockdown after possible gunman spotted

Southwestern College was placed on lockdown for about an hour Monday afternoon after a male, possibly armed with a gun, was seen running toward the Chula Vista campus, police said.

The male was first spotted by school officials at Bonita Vista High School on Otay Lakes Road around 12:30 p.m., Chula Vista police Lt. Miriam Byron said. Soon after, he was seen heading toward the nearby college toting what appeared to be a handgun.

Police informed the college of the possible threat and school officials locked the school down. He was not located and the lockdown was lifted about 2:10 p.m.

Summer school is in session at Bonita High School, but it’s unclear if the male is a student there.

Southwestern College Adjunct Professor Shannon Pagano said her psychology students quickly flipped off the lights and placed extra tables in front of locked doors and windows. They huddled in a corner of the room, and waited for the all clear.

“We aren’t talking in the classroom. Everyone is huddled in the corner on their phones,” she said via Facebook.

Officers are in the area investigating the incident.

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