By Miriam Raftery
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April 4, 2018 (La Mesa) – Yesterday, La Mesa Police sent a community alert out warning motorists to avoid the area of Center Drive and Grossmont Boulevard near Grossmont Center shopping mall and Grossmont Medical Center, due to police “actively searching the area” for a man reportedly sighted openly carrying a gun.
The individual was described as a white man in his 30s, wearing a black hat, gray button-down shirt and dark pants.
The Sheriff’s Department assisted La Mesa Police in searching the area. According to Sergeant Katy Lynch, three people matching the description were detained, but none were found to have a gun on them. “One had a prior warrant and was taken into custody,” Sergeant Katy Lynch told East County Magazine.
She confirmed that the gun was reported to be a handgun. Openly carrying a handgun is illegal in California.