A shooting – a possible suicide – at a market near Lindo Lake Park left a man dead this afternoon and prompted precautionary lockdowns at three nearby schools.

The gunfire in the 12500 block of Lakeshore Drive in Lakeside was reported shortly after 1:30 p.m., according to sheriff’s officials. The victim, whose name was not immediately released, died at the scene.

Witnesses said an unidentified black-haired man dressed in dark-colored clothing and purple shoes ran off with the gun used in the shooting, but was not believed to be the one who fired it.

Deputies were searching for him only as a “person of interest,” Lt. Dave Schaller said.

Administrators at El Capitan High School and Lindo Park and Christian Foothills elementary schools kept all students secured in their classrooms while sheriff’s personnel investigated.

The circumstances of the shooting were not immediately clear, but deputies believed it could have been a suicide, the lieutenant said.

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