Orinda police, with help from adjacent agencies, searched for a man a first-grade student said was observed carrying a gun in a creek bed near Del Rey Elementary School Wednesday – but did not locate the man despite an extensive air and ground search.
Both Del Rey and Miramonte High School were placed under lockdown after the schools and police heard of the report, standard procedure in such cases. Only one student reportedly saw the man, who the student described as a white man believed to be carrying a gun of some sort.
The lockdown order for Orinda schools was lifted at 1:03 p.m. Neither police nor anyone else has seen this person, despite the presence of a CHP helicopter and a police canine team.
No student was harmed in any way during Wednesday’s incident. Police Chief Mark Nagel took time out to report that his officers performed an exhaustive “room-to-room” sweep at Del Rey to stay on the safe side before the lockdown order was lifted.