Tuesday at 2:30 p.m., a bizarre event occurred while classes were in session at McKinley Elementary School in Long Beach.
A man was confronted by several local residents for reportedly attempting to climb the wall of the elementary school with a sledgehammer, according to California police.
Law enforcement reported that a suspect had attempted to access the school grounds by scaling a fence and entering the parking lot.
Subsequently, he was apprehended by a group of men who prevented him from climbing another barrier to reach the campus.
Authorities reported a tragedy at the school when they arrived to find an individual unresponsive.
Paramedics were called and confirmed that the person had passed away.
In response, the school took precautionary measures and issued a letter of notice to parents with limited information about what had occurred.
Although classes resumed Wednesday with increased security, the full details of this event remain unknown.
“Near dismissal today, our school was locked down by local law enforcement due to a medical emergency in the school’s parking lot that resulted in an individual’s passing. Students and staff remained safe the entire time,” the message read in part.
Parents of students have expressed their dissatisfaction with the lack of transparency regarding the occurrence that took place at the school.
One week prior, a lockdown was issued due to an alleged incident involving a man pointing a gun at an 8-year-old female student through a fence. The man was taken into custody, yet no weapon was discovered upon examination.
Jake Heflin, spokesperson for the Long Beach Fire Department, announced that the suspect with a sledgehammer has passed away due to cardiac arrest; however, the Los Angeles County coroner will be determining the precise cause of death.