TUCKERTON — Schools in two southern Ocean County towns were placed on lockdown because police were searching for a gunman who was in a shootout with police.

By mid afternoon, the search had extended as far north as Union County after investigators learned that the man — who at one point had made a getaway on an adult tricycle — may have gotten an Uber ride up the Garden State Parkway to the train station in Union Township.

Ocean County prosecutors say the shooting happened near the intersection of Route 9 and North Green Street after a traffic stop about 10:22 a.m.

Prosecutors say the officer involved in the shootout was not injured and the gunman fled on foot.

The suspect, wearing a blue hooded jacket, was later seen riding a blue adult tricycle. Police said he had a handgun.

According to an alert issued by Little Egg Harbor police, all schools in the Tuckerton/Parkertown area were on lockdown, including George Mitchell Elementary School, Tuckerton Elementary School and Pinelands Junior High and High School.

At 2:30 p.m., authorities were still asking the public to call 911 if the man is seen.

Route 539 blocked in Tuckerton (Shawn Michaels, Townsquare Media NJ)
Helicopter over the Tuckerton area (Shawn Michaels, Townsquare Media NJ)

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