Calif. school officer shot, saved by body armor
Nine schools with about 9,000 students were locked down as more than 350 police officers searched for the gunman.
LOS ANGELES — A school police officer was shot by a suspected car burglar near a San Fernando Valley high school Wednesday but his bulletproof vest saved him, authorities said. Officers swept a wide area, locking down nine schools
in a dragnet for the shooter.
Schools were released from lockdown as their areas were deemed safe. All students had been allowed to go home by Wednesday evening.
West Hills resident Uma Karuppiah, 39, waited for an hour at her younger son's school
, Welby Way Elementary, then she lined up outside her older son's school, Hale Middle School.
Karothik Karuppiah, 7, said he had to share his lunch with classmates
who didn't bring their own because no one was allowed to go to the cafeteria.
"We weren't allowed to go to the bathroom so the teacher put up a curtain in the closet and kids had to pee in a trash can
," Karothik Karuppiah said.
A large area was sealed off by police, meaning most parents who tried to come to pick up their children were held several blocks away