A man with a smoking gun was reported to be in the campus of a California High School as police respond to an “active shooter" situation.
According to local media, emergency services along with paramedics are responding to the Highland High School in Palmdale, where an individual has reportedly sustained a possible gunshot wound.
A suspect, a male, is said to have been apprehended near a grocery store in Palmdale, according to officials
A spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said there was no immediate confirmation that shots had been fired at the campus at 39055 25th St. West, which was placed on lockdown.
Unconfirmed reports seem to indicate that a student was seen armed with a type of rifle within the school.
Reports of shots fired, with the first sound coming at around 7 am local time, were received by both the Palmdale Fire Department and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
Along with the Highland school, three other institutions in the vicinity have been placed on lockdown as soon as the alert broke.
There was no immediate confirmation whether shots had been fired at the campus, according to the sheriff's department. However, deputies were present at the scene.
Parents are rushing to the school to pick up their children as law enforcement and rescue authorities set up a safety perimeter.
According to the Los Angeles County Fire Department, firefighters, as well as paramedics, were staging in response to the reports, but no one had been transported from the school as of 7:30 am local time.
Students there have taken to Twitter to warn others about the reported shooter.
Palmdale is about an hour's drive from downtown Los Angeles. It is a city that inhabits about 150,000 people.
This is a developing story. Check back for more updates.