San Jose: Shooting in West San Jose prompts neighborhood search for gunman, school lockdowns

Photo: A vehicle is seen after crashing into the Blackford Elementary school in San Jose, Calif.; no injuries to students were reported – @abc7newsBayArea

SAN JOSE — An early-morning shooting on Southwest Expressway has spurred a neighborhood search for a gunman and prompted the lockdown of three West San Jose schools Friday, authorities said.

 Police were called about 5 a.m. to the 1700 block of Southwest Expressway for reports of a shooting and found a man suffering from at least one gunshot wound, San Jose police spokesman Officer Albert Morales said. The victim was rushed to the hospital and is expected to survive.
 
Officers canvassed the area and found someone matching the victim’s description of his attacker, and the suspect ran off, Morales said. Police believe the suspect is armed with a handgun, and have cordoned off streets in the area of Stokes Street and Leigh Avenue while officers conduct a yard-to-yard search.
 
 The MERGE (SWAT) unit was dispatched, and officers could be seen minding a perimeter while carrying rifles.
 
 Three schools in the area — Del Mar High School, and Blackford and Valley Christian elementary schools — have been locked down as a safety precaution.
 
Also at Blackford this morning, a car reportedly drove over a drop-off curb, hit a bench and hit the wall of a multi-purpose room and cafeteria on campus. Only minor damage was reported, and no students appear to have been injured. Morales said there was nothing to immediately suggest that was connected to the police activity in the area.
 
 A Twitter post from the Campbell Union School District stated, “Blackford School keeping students inside due to police activity (NOT on campus) and a separate vehicle accident. Students are fine.”