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A man was fatally shot in his vehicle near a school in Pomona on Oct. 22, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

One person was killed in an apparent car-to-car shooting that prompted the brief lockdown of three Pomona schools on Thursday afternoon, police said.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department received a report of a person with a gunshot wound in the area of Park Avenue and Lexington Avenue, Inspector Randall Wright confirmed shortly after 3:15 p.m., about 30 minutes after police said the shooting occurred.

The location borders Garey High School and Lexington Elementary School, a Google Map showed.

A man who had been hit by gunfire in his vehicle was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead, a news release from the Pomona Police Department stated.

He was later identified as 21-year-old Joe Morales by police.

Police were investigating reports that “this may have been a car to car shooting by both parties,” the release said.

The other vehicle, which was stolen, was found abandoned at the intersection of Garey Avenue and Rio Rancho Road, police officials said in the release.

A search for the shooter was underway.

Three Pomona schools — Garey High School, Lexington Elementary School and Fremont Academy — were temporarily placed on lockdown due to the police activity, said Anna Zambrano, a program assistant with the Pomona Unified School District.

No students were involved in the incident, which was believed to be gang related, police said.

KTLA’s Feven Kiflegiorgis and Ashley Soley-Cerro contributed to this story.