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Lake Shore school buildings in lockout mode

Jose I. Alvira, 26, is being sought by police. (Photo courtesy of Evans Police)

Six schools and buildings in the Lake Shore Central School District will remain in lockout mode through dismissal after the suspect in a suspicious person call in the Village of Angola ran from police, authorities said.

The high school, middle school, J.T. Waugh Elementary, A.J. Schmidt Elementary, the W.T. Hoag Educational Building and the Erie 2 BOCES Carrier Educational Center went into lockout mode at about 10 a.m., said Evans Police Lt. Mike Masullo.

When police got to the scene of the suspicious person, he ran and was then knocking on the doors of homes asking to use phones and saying he needed money, Masullo said.

Police set up a perimeter but the suspect, who was wanted on a burglary warrant, evaded capture. The search involving multiple police agencies was called off shortly before 12:30 p.m.

The suspect, identified as Jose I. Alvira, 26, no permanent address, is still at large. Alvira is not considered dangerous, but police ask anyone who sees him to call 911.

All outside activities at the schools have ended, no one's being allowed in or out of the buildings, and classes are continuing normally, the district said on its website.

Lockouts occur when there is a perceived threat outside a building, meaning the perimeter is secured. These situations are different from lockdowns, which take place when there's a threat inside a building.


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