Schools cancel events as precaution after shooting


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Mar 1, 2009
The search is back on for an attempted car thief who sparked a school lockdown after a pair of shootings in a Pearland neighborhood this morning, authorities said.
Although the search was called off this afternoon after tracking dogs lost the man's scent, police have again set up a perimeter and secured the Springfield subdivision and close by areas when the man was spotted by a patrol officer around 5:15 p.m., said Pearland police Lt. Onesimo Lopez said.
The suspect was able to escape after running from the officer, Lopez said adding that the alleged gunman was spotted once more by officers who then lost sight of him.
Officers also recovered a rifle case in the area, but are awaiting a crime scene unit to arrive to check an see if the rife, which police believe was used in this morning's attempted carjacking, is actually in the case, Lopez said.
Police are currently searching the entire neighborhood for the man, including backyards. They have also enlisted the assistance of a Houston Police Department helicopter to help scan the area, Lopez said.
At this time, Lopez said police are not allowing anyone to enter the subdivision and are asking the residents already there to stay in their homes.
The search for an attempted car thief who sparked a school lockdown after a pair of shootings in a Pearland neighborhood was called off this afternoon after tracking dogs lost his scent.
Earlier today, police from several agencies conducted a house-to-house search after the incident, which began in Audubon Place when a resident came out of his house in the 3500 block of Lindhaven and found a man trying to break into his late-model Dodge Challenger.
The two struggled and, as the man's wife called police, the attempted thief fired a shot but missed, police said. Officers arrived quickly and pursued the man on foot. He fired another shot but missed again, they said. Police did not return fire.
Pearland police and Brazoria County sheriff's deputies were joined by deputies from Fort Bend County and police officers from nearby Friendswood in searching the area around Magnolia Elementary.
The Texas Department of Criminal Justice provided tracking dogs, which followed the man's trail southward until they finally lost the scent, said Lt. Lopez.
The junior high campus and Dawson High were under a shelter-in-place order, which means no one can enter or leave until authorities determine that the danger is over.
For updates, parents can go to the Pearland ISD site at
The gunman was described as a thin black man wearing all-black or dark clothing, including a hooded top. He had a backpack and was carrying a rifle or shotgun, police said.
Anyone who sees him is urged to call Pearland police dispatchers at 281-652-1105 or the department's main number at 281-652-1100



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