CHANDLER, AZ - An armed man believed to be the reason for the lockdown of five schools in the Chandler area Monday later exchanged gunfire with police at an apartment complex before fleeing in a stolen car, authorities said.
Chandler police identified the suspect as David Javier Gonzales, 25, of Mesa. They said he may have been wounded in the shootout and officers still were searching for him Monday evening.
Police said no officers were injured.
After the shootout, police said, Gonzales stole a golf cart and drove it to another apartment complex where he carjacked a vehicle from an elderly woman. The vehicle was later found abandoned several miles away.
Gonzales is described as 5 feet, 11 inches tall and 170 pounds. He was last seen wearing wearing a white tank top, black basketball shorts and black and white Air Jordan type tennis shoes.
Police said back in 2005, Gonzales was convicted of two counts of aggravated assault and misconduct involving weapons. Six years later, Gonzales was busted again for misconduct involving weapons.
According to the Arizona Department of Corrections, Gonzales served two years in prison and was released in November of 2013. Officials said he is currently on parole.
The incident began at about 8:30 a.m. Monday when Chandler police went to a home to serve a warrant. As officers were headed to the home, they saw a van associated with the house leaving the area.
Officers tried to stop the van, but the driver fled, said Detective Seth Tyler, a police spokesman.
The van was located near Chandler High School, and two callers told police they saw a man walking in the area with either a rifle or a shotgun, Tyler said.
One of the callers reported that the man entered a home and another said the armed man entered a trailer park.
Five schools in the area, including Chandler High, were put on lockdowns.
Police SWAT teams were called out, but there was no sign of the man and the lockdowns were lifted around noon.
Details are still developing
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