OAKLAND -- Three schools were on lockdown for about two hours Friday morning after officials said a man left a rambling note in a church, then smashed an egg on the altar.

No one was injured in the incident that began at St. Theresa Catholic Church in the Upper Rockridge neighborhood.

About 9:45 a.m., a man entered the church at 30 Mandalay Road during a First Friday devotion. There was no service at the time but parishioners were praying in the pews, said Diocese of Oakland spokesman Mike Brown.

The man went to the altar and left the note, smashed the egg and left.

The specific contents of the note were not released, but police said it included references to God and homosexuality.

Police searched the church but were unable to locate the man. St. Theresa school and Holy Names High School were placed on lockdown while officers searched the campuses for the man.

The all clear was given shortly before noon, Brown said. The man was not located.

Hillcrest Elementary, a public school at 30 Marguerite Drive, was also on lockdown for about two hours, a schools spokesman said.

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