SYLMAR (CNS) - A woman was shot and critically wounded today in Sylmar,  and a nearby elementary school was placed on lockdown while police sought a  suspect in the neighborhood, authorities said.

Officers went to the area of Astoria Street and Woodcock Avenue shortly  before 8 a.m., according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The wounded  woman was taken to a hospital in critical condition, police said.

Nearby Dyer Street Elementary School was placed on lockdown while  officers sought a suspect in the area, the Los Angeles Unified School District  reported. No arrests were immediately reported.