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Carjacking suspects cause school lock down

Police activity in a neighborhood near Centerville Elementary caused Gwinnett County Public Schools officials to heed the advice of law enforcement and temporarily lock down the school on Wednesday morning.

Gwinnett County Police Cpl. Jake Smith said patrol units looked for carjacking suspects near the school, and a suspect was caught about a mile from the school. District spokesman Jorge Quintana said the soft lockdown, which lasted for about an hour, was a precaution after police recommended it.

Quintana said the district works closely with police agencies to ensure the safety of students and staff members. The school, located in unincorporated Snellville, resumed a regular day following the lockdown.

The lockdown was the second known lockdown in the district, and third in the county this school year.

A suspected gunman seen near a soccer field by students at Hopkins Elementary in September temporarily caused the Lilburn school to lock down. A shooting incident last month in Buford caused Buford City Schools to lock down for about 45 minutes.