A report of a man armed with a gun in south Bakersfield prompted the lockdown of three nearby schools and a search of several businesses, according to sheriff's officials.
No person matching the description of the man was found.
The incident began at about 9:15 a.m. Thursday when deputies were dispatched to a business in the 200 block of White Lane to a report of a man with a gun, according to the Kern County Sheriff's Office. The suspect was described as a Hispanic man in his mid-20s, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt.
Officers from the Bakersfield Police Department and California Highway Patrol arrived to assist, and three schools were placed on lockdown.
Deputies surrounded the business and told patrons to come out. After the patrons were out of the building, deputies searched the business, according to the Sheriff's Office. They also, with the assistance of a BPD K-9, searched the attached buildings.
No people or weapons were located during the search, but law enforcement did find a gray hooded sweatshirt in one of the buildings, according to sheriff's officials.
The person who called 911 said none of the people who left the businesses were the suspect he'd seen with the gun, sheriff's officials said.
No injuries were reported, and there was no additional suspect information.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Kern County Sheriff’s Office at 861-3110 or the Secret Witness at 322-4040.