The California college has been placed on lockdown, and the reportedly wounded suspect was found in the school’s library and is now in custody. The Secret Service said that the shooting did not impact the President’s travel schedule.
Police officers Friday stand next to the body of a man believed to be the suspect in a fatal shooting on and off the Santa Monica College campus.
Nine people have been shot, at least seven fatally, near Caifornia’s Santa Monica College on Friday.
It was a chaotic scene that kept the seaside town on edge for hours as police tracked down the gunman through a residential neighborhood and shot him dead on crowded college campus.
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A gunman may have set this house on fire on Friday before heading to Santa Monica College, where he continued his shooting rampage.
The shootings began a little before noon during an apparent domestic dispute at a single-story Santa Monica home. Neighbors described hearing multiple gunshots coming from the house and saw smoke pouring from windows.
A man dressed in all black and a ballistic vest was carrying an AR-15 semi-automatic weapon left the home, police said. He then shot a woman in a black Infinity, and got into the passenger side of a purple Mazda—a car similar to the one driven by his mother—and ordered the driver to head in the direction of the Santa Monica College campus.
A police officer walks on the street during a search at Santa Monica College following a shooting on campus in Santa Monica. Gunshots were fired at Santa Monica College west of Los Angeles.
The gunman was carrying multiple rounds of ammunition when he got out of the car and began firing at passing vehicles, including a city bus and a police car.
“Everyone threw themselves on the floor, screams,” student Marta Fagerstroem, who was on the bus, told NBC4. “The bus driver, she panicked. She couldn’t drive away. She was able to, after a while.”
A women was comforted by a traffic officer near Santa Monica College following a shooting today on the campus.
The suspect then fled police and ran onto the Santa Monica College campus where he shot one woman, and fired at several students at the school’s library.
The college was quickly put on lockdown, and the suspect was shot and killed by police at the library.
Students at the college were in the midst of taking their final exams when shots rang out at the library.
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Students pictured on the Santa Monica College campus.
“We didn’t know what was happening until all the students at the entrance of the library started running down towards the bottom of the library,” Santa Monica College student Sam Luster told KABC-TV.
After police entered the building, students were told to crawl on their hands and knees out of the library and several people reported seeing the body of a man dressed in all black lying on the ground.
A woman attended to one of the shooting victims on Yorkshire Ave.
“The officers came in and directly engaged the suspect, and he was shot and killed on the scene,” Santa Monica Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks said at a news conferencce. “The information we have indicates, at this point, that as many as half a dozen victims were shot and killed, and several more were injured.”
A second man described by police as a “person of interest” was taken in for questioning, but no further details were released about him.
A car with its windows broken stands near where shots were fired near Santa Monica College.
Responding to a fire at the home where the incident began, fire officials said they discovered two bodies and that both victims had apparently been shot inside the burning house.
Neighbors said that the Lebanese family who lived at the address had recently gone through a bitter divorce and the mother had moved out and assumed custody of at least one of her two sons.
Police descended upon Santa Monica College after a gunman opened fire at the campus.
According to witnesses, the shootings took place just before noon, approximately half an hour after President Obama’s motorcade passed through the area. The Secret Service said the incident did not affect the President’s fundraising visit to Los Angeles, but his limousine was re-routed.
Several schools in the area were put on lockdown for several hours, and Santa Monica College cancelled final exams.
An investigator checks a car damaged by a bullet at the intersection of Kansas and Yorkshire about a mile northeast of Santa Monica College.
Police officers gather during a search at Santa Monica College following a shooting on campus in Santa Monica, Calif.