PD: Lockdowns lifted after Tempe road rage, suspect search continues

TEMPE, AZ - Police said restrictions have been lifted for five Tempe schools that were put on lockdown while police continue their search for a suspect who fired shots at a car on the freeway Thursday afternoon.

Police spokeswoman Molly Enright said the apparent road rage incident happened around 1:20 p.m. on the Loop 101 and the US 60.

Enright said officers attempted to stop the vehicle from which shots were fired. Police detained one of the two people inside the car, the other fled on foot.

Police have one person in custody, and have recovered one weapon at the scene.

One person was hit in the other vehicle and taken to the hospital. That driver is expected to be OK.

The suspect on the loose is described as a black or Hispanic male, 18 to 20 years old, 5 foot 9 inches, 150 pounds with short black hair. He is wearing a black t-shirt with grey jeans.

Enright said three schools were initially put into precautionary lockdown: ABC Preschool, Marcos de Niza High School and Gethsemane Lutheran School. A Tempe School District spokesperson said police also put Rover Elementary School and Fees College Preparatory Middle School into a lockdown.

Students and staff were reportedly locked safely inside the school buildings.

Around 4:10 p.m., the Rover School released students directly to their parents and guardians. Students going to other facilities (clubs, preschools, etc.) were picked up by buses.

The other four schools were released around 4:30 p.m.

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