- Associated Press - Monday, December 1, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - An Albuquerque neighborhood was locked down Monday as police officers went yard to yard in search of a man who was suspected of firing multiple shots near a school and a business but came up empty handed.

The lockdown was lifted late Monday evening after police couldn’t find the man believed to be in his 20s and dressed in all black. Dozens of police vehicles retreated from the area, but police said they will continue investigating. They expected to release more information, including 911 calls, Tuesday.

Deputy Chief William Roseman said the first calls came in around 3:30 p.m. Witnesses told dispatchers about a man clad in black who also had a black backpack and was armed possibly with a handgun and a rifle.

Witnesses reported several shots being fired near an elementary school. As officers responded, more calls came in about shots being fired near the Emcore building.

By the time the officers arrived, the shooter already was gone.

Roseman said there were no reports of injuries.

“At this time, we do not have any locations that we have identified that have actually been shot, just witnesses who were telling us that the individual was walking around, firing a gun and at one point had got behind a tree and was reloading that gun,” he said.

The school was locked down and residents were told to stay inside their homes while the search continued. Officers obtained surveillance video from a nearby trailer park where the gunman was spotted, but they have not been able to identify him.

As darkness fell, the southeast Albuquerque neighborhood remained cordoned off. Tactical crews from various law enforcement agencies searched from the ground while a helicopter helped from the air.

About 800 children were in the school when it was locked down Monday afternoon. Police were coordinating to evacuate the children as well as employees from businesses affected by the lockdown.

The area is near Sandia National Laboratories and Kirtland Air Force Base.

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