Zaruen Hernandez and his son, Hugo. Photo courtesy of the San Diego Sheriff’s Department

Updated at 11 p.m. April 15, 2015

A searching is on for a man who fled with his toddler son after allegedly shooting his brother-in-law during an argument in San Marcos on Wednesday morning, prompting a lockdown of a nearby elementary school.

Zauren Hernandez, 30, is suspected of shooting his brother-in-law Navidada Santos at around 8:20 a.m. Wednesday in front of their home in 200 block of Avenida de Suerte. Hernandez allegedly pulled out a handgun and shot Santos twice, according to the San Diego Sheriff’s Department.

Hernandez then fled the scene on foot, taking his 4-year-old son, Hugo, with him.

When deputies arrived, they found Santos in the driveway with gunshot wounds to the abdomen. Medics took him to Palomar Medical Center for treatment. His condition was not available.

Teachers at nearby Joli Ann Leichtag Elementary School on Poinsettia Avenue kept students secured in their classrooms for a short while while deputies searched in vain for Hernandez, Sheriff’s Lt. James Bolwerk said.

The motive for the shooting was unclear.

About 6 p.m., authorities got word that the suspect had dropped his son off safely at the home of the boy’s grandmother, who took him to his mother, sheriff’s Lt. Robert Smith said. Deputies were dispatched to the neighborhood to confirm the report, the lieutenant said.

The Fugitive Task Force is coordinating the search for Hernandez, who remains at-large. He is described as Hispanic, 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighing between 170 and 190 pounds with brown hair and eyes.

Hernandez was last seen wearing a dark colored T-shirt and blue jeans.

He has ties to Mexico and maybe heading south to the border, authorities say.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the San Diego Sheriff’s Department at (858) 565-5200 or San Diego County Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

— City News Service Contributed to this story

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