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Armed suspect runs through transportation depot, delays Palm Beach County school bus routes

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Palm Beach County schools experienced bus delays Wednesday after a suspect who was believed to be armed ran through a transportation depot, putting several places on lockdown.

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Riviera Beach and school district police began searching for the suspect who was seen running through the North County Transportation Depot, according to the school district.

A witness told Riviera Beach police the suspect may possibly be armed, but video did not show him in possession of a weapon.

Police say officers swept through each bus and did not find a weapon.

All of the bus routes, mainly for elementary and high schools, are about 30 to 4o minutes behind schedule, the school district said.

The call that went out to elementary school parents said:

"Good afternoon elementary school parents and guardians, this is the SDPBC.

"The North County Transportation Depot has been delayed due to police activity in the area. All routes will run, however may experience delays of more than 30 minutes.

"Schools affected may include Acreage Pines, Allamanda, Dr. Mary Mcleode Bethune, Northboro, Northmore, Palm Beach Gardens, Jerry Thomas, Jupiter El, Jupiter Farms, Lincoln, Timber Trace, Pierce Hammock, Limestone, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Pleasant City, Roosevelt, Grove Park, West Riviera, Golden Grove, the Conservatory, Lake Park, Washington, Frontier, Westward, Lighthouse, Marsh Pointe, Westward.

"We will continue to update you."

As a precaution, the bus compound and Riviera Beach Preparatory Academy were placed on lockdown, police said. The lockdowns have been lifted.

The suspect has not been found at this time.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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