Lockdown lifted at Hope schools

© Jesse Evans,

HOPE (KATV) - All schools in Hope were put under lockdown Tuesday morning after police got a report of a gunman on the high school's campus. District officials told KATV in a phone interview shortly before noon, though, that the lockdown had been lifted.

The superintendent of Hope schools told that a student saw a young black male in his 20's with a handgun tucked in his waistband trying to get inside the high school around 10:30 a.m. He texted what he saw to the assistant principal, who then called police.

After a complete search of the school, no sign was found of the gunman. Another student told authorities he saw the man running away from the school, headed south. No shots were ever fired and no one was hurt.

At last check, police were still searching the area but the lockdown was lifted after about 40 minutes.