A 48-year-old man was stabbed and critically wounded Friday in Pasadena and the search for the suspect prompted the lockdown of a junior high school and an order for area residents to shelter in place.

The victim, whose name was withheld, was stabbed about 9:05 a.m. in front of an apartment building in the 100 block of South Euclid Avenue, according to Pasadena Police Department spokeswoman Lisa Derderian.

Paramedics took him to a hospital, where he was in critical condition, she said.

The man lives in and manages the apartment building, according to media reports, but it was unclear if the suspect had any connection to the building or the victim.

Officers set up a perimeter containment to search for the suspect, who fled on foot, Derderian said. The block-by-block search, involving helicopters and K-9 units, was in an area bounded by Green Street and California Boulevard, from Los Robles Avenue to Marengo Avenue, she said.

Mayfield Junior High School at 405 S. Euclid Ave. was locked down and area residents were told to shelter in place while police searched for the suspect. The lockdown and shelter-in-place orders were lifted about 2:30 p.m., but residents were urged to report anything suspicious as the suspect remained at large, Derderian said.

The suspect was described as black, in his 50s, 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall and balding on the top of his head, Derderian said.

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