School Lockdowns Lifted After Police Investigate Man with Gun

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Helicopter searching for a suspect in Goleta (Photo: Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office)
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Update by edhat staff

Two Goleta schools were placed on lockdown Tuesday afternoon after a report was made of a man with a gun in the area.

Just before 2:00 p.m., Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Deputies responded to the Evergreen Park looking for a white male in a blue and white flannel who appeared to have a gun.

The Sheriff's Office locked down Brandon and Montessori Schools and sent an alert to residents to stay out of the area.

A helicopter arrived to survey the area from above and was able to guide deputies to the suspect in the creek behind Waldorf School. 

According to the Sheriff's Office, the suspect was carrying a pellet gun and was released on the scene.

Schools were reopened and responding officers went back into service.


By Scanner Andrew

Sheriff is on the scene with a person with a rifle near Evergreen Park in Goleta.

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sacjon May 07, 2021 11:32 AM
School Lockdowns Lifted After Police Investigate Man with Gun

CWAZNY - It wasn't deleted, it's just that no one is responding to your rhetorical question. If you really need an answer, read the comments and think about it. No need to keep asking. You lonely or something?

Babycakes May 05, 2021 10:04 AM
School Lockdowns Lifted After Police Investigate Man with Gun

Thank goodness that this ended up being a "nothingburger" event. LE definitely did the right thing in calling for a lock down. The kids wetting themselves and crying turned out to be for nothing. Freaking out about what c-o-u-l-d have happened is a far cry from what actually took place (the reality of the event).

Unfortunately, every time these events occur, sales of guns/ammo skyrocket, and there are more and more guns legally out there, and the stock of the public gun manufactures/suppliers goes up/up/up.

Thank you LE for keeping us safe, and we understand that you can't always be there when we need you.

dukemunson May 06, 2021 09:13 PM
School Lockdowns Lifted After Police Investigate Man with Gun

Cwazny - What does it have to do with gun control you ask... well... I’ll tell you... I’m nice like that !!! Perhaps you haven’t noticed but we’ve had a staggering amount of mass shooting events in 2021... of course maybe you haven’t noticed because we also had staggering number of mass shooting events in 2020...and 2019... and 2018... and 2017... and then again in 2016... and... hopefully you are catching on... AGAIN EVERY SINGLE YEAR!!! So when a call goes out over the radio of someone with a gun by a school, everyone scrambles and panics because... well... this happens quite often in America!!!! It quite rarely happens anywhere else... but here it’s common enough that bullet proof backpacks are thing!

With proper gun control though, in a few years that beloved Ar-15 of yours (all 4 of them) will have been taken away (along with everyone else’s) and we dont have to worry about those mass shooting events anymore. Will they still happen... yeah... just as they occasionally/very rarely do in the rest of the world... but it won’t be a monthly/weekly thing anymore...

Hopefully that answers your question... and hopefully we can get some
Bipartisan gun control legislation together so that we all “get a break”!

dukemunson May 05, 2021 12:14 PM
School Lockdowns Lifted After Police Investigate Man with Gun

Just a bummer of a situation all around...from the kids, to the teachers, to the responding officers to the (presumably) kid who (again presuming here) thought he'd found a safe spot to shoot his pellet gun. Even though nothing came of it, that hour for all involved was obviously scary and stressful. This strikes me as another example of why we need further gun control AND a robust police department.

Babycakes May 05, 2021 11:46 AM
School Lockdowns Lifted After Police Investigate Man with Gun

SACJON: I wouldn't worry about it too much. I think all of us can agree that what is done is done, and everyone is safe and sound. I'm sorry to hear that your child got freaked out and was totally traumatized. Hopefully your child is doing better today, and in all days in the future. Peace to you and your family.

sacjon May 05, 2021 11:14 AM
School Lockdowns Lifted After Police Investigate Man with Gun

BABYCAKES - wow. Are you truly that simple? The kids THOUGHT they were going to die. Doesn't matter that ended up happening. For 1 hour, the kids thought they were going to be shot and killed. Also, the idiot with the gun fired off a couple pellets so a "shots fired" call came over the staff walkie talkies and the kids heard this sh$t. What the hell is wrong with you for diminishing their terror? I hope you sit in your own urine for an hour one day fearing for your life. I'll be sure to remind you it was "for nothing."

JB86 May 05, 2021 01:43 AM
School Lockdowns Lifted After Police Investigate Man with Gun

OK, I get what some people feel about 'over-reaction,' but the Sheriff's went by the playbook here and reacted appropriately to prevent a possible worst-case outcome. I'd much rather see massive response than under-reaction or apathy.

Roger May 04, 2021 02:55 PM
School Lockdowns Lifted After Police Investigate Man with Gun

Those Darn BB Guns....Had a friend years ago was in a stand off in a field out in Goleta Drunk with a rifle believe it was a .22 getting ready for fire at the police the gun slipped went off took one of his toes...Back in the 70's.

biguglystick May 05, 2021 10:34 AM
School Lockdowns Lifted After Police Investigate Man with Gun

Sacjon, I don't have kids, never wanted them, but I empathize with those who do. I'd be worrying every single day my kid went to school or to a movie theater... or just to the corner store. This culture is insane. We need gun control, and we need it NOW. Australia had ONE mass shooting, then they took away all the guns. Why can't we? NO ONE needs these weapons. NO ONE.

sacjon May 04, 2021 09:54 PM
School Lockdowns Lifted After Police Investigate Man with Gun

ALEX, thank you man! Some people are just empty and miserable and we can't do much but feel sorry for them. My kids are pretty freaked out still and I don't blame them. For a full hour they thought they were going to die today. That's f*%#ing lame.

Alexblue May 04, 2021 09:06 PM
School Lockdowns Lifted After Police Investigate Man with Gun

Exactly, YepSB. SacJon, I am really sorry that your child went through this along with you and your family. For those who are being dismissive of this because it wasn't ultimately a tragedy, man, there is a serous compassion deficit here.

Please try to bear in mind that these children went through a lockdown not knowing what was going to come of it, that they legitimately were terrified, because they know full well that for a lot of kids in other schools at other times, it was real.

Bear in mind that their parents are now trying to sooth them and comfort them. That to some of you it's just a big over reaction--but some of these kids will have a very hard time getting over this. I know two families whose kids went through lockdowns that were cleared by an armed SWAT response and the kids were terrified to go back to school and had to finish in a non traditional setting.

For some kids this may have really and long lasting impacts. Please try and have some compassion.

Seabird May 04, 2021 03:13 PM
School Lockdowns Lifted After Police Investigate Man with Gun

@Gina - "So unnecessary," Really? I guess you don't have school-aged kids who have to do lockdown drills, and have your head in the sand. There are plenty of bb guns that look just like real weapons. Tell you what: next time there is someone with a reported gun, we volunteer YOU to go assess the situation. Sound good?

sacjon May 04, 2021 02:49 PM
School Lockdowns Lifted After Police Investigate Man with Gun

Hey GINA - not sure if you've been awake the last few years, but there's a lot of shootings, yeah even at schools. The cops take this crap seriously, as they should. Glad you're fine and dandy, but my kids are rattled. One kid hid under a pile of backpacks for close to an hour with a BULLETPROOF backpack on top of him and another kid. 12 year old boys were crying and having panic attacks and some even lost control of their bladders. Yeah, the "fear" of guns is totally unfounded huh? Wake up or keep quiet.

biguglystick May 05, 2021 10:32 AM
School Lockdowns Lifted After Police Investigate Man with Gun

448: You are SPOT oN! These people who think they could overcome a military with extremely advanced technology, night vision, heat seeking weapons, gas... any and all of the above with their stupid little guns are deluded. I'm SO entirely SICK of the gun worship culture in this country. It's gone way past the time when we should have done something about it. After Sandy Hook happened and we still let this go on, there is something dreadfully wrong with us.

Voice of Reason May 05, 2021 07:07 AM
School Lockdowns Lifted After Police Investigate Man with Gun

@4:43, this pandemic showed the government has no problem putting aside power limiting and personal right protecting laws like Posse Comitatus whenever they feel like it. Just like the feds aren’t supposed to spy on Americans without warrants but Edward Snowden and Wikileaks blew that out of the water.

Chip of SB May 04, 2021 04:10 PM
School Lockdowns Lifted After Police Investigate Man with Gun

3:47, the constitution matured past the view that only white people are citizens with the addition of the fourteenth amendment. This ensures that all Americans are protected by the bill of rights. Ironically, democrats in the south passed some of the earliest gun control laws in order to deprive former slaves of their second amendment rights.

a-1620168448 May 04, 2021 03:47 PM
School Lockdowns Lifted After Police Investigate Man with Gun

The 2nd amendment is a complete anachronism, and these days is just an excuse for gun worship. Just as there are limits on 1st amendment rights to prevent abuse, the 2nd amendment needs rational limits.

The second amendment pertains to a "well-regulated militia", and was formulated in a time when the colonists were opposed to a standing army. The rough equivalent today is the National Guard. The Founders' view of "citizen" was that it was a white male property owner. Most of us have matured past that view, just as we should for firearms.

Any doofus with a rifle who thinks he would last more than a few minutes against the military is seriously deluded.

ChemicalSuperFreak May 04, 2021 03:00 PM
School Lockdowns Lifted After Police Investigate Man with Gun

Look up Shay's Rebellion to see why the founder wrote the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution. Many misinformed people share the belief that this "well-regulated militia" was about protecting from threats from outside, and insist now that our military can now do that job without the need for citizens to bear arms. So look up Shay's Rebellion. What would you do, without arms, if a US politician (say a President) and their supporters committed an armed insurrection that the US government could not deal with. Forget what happened in January, I'm talking about a serious armed movement, as none of the people in January had a gun.

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