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LAPD investigates threat last week of 'Virginia Tech-style' shooting at Loyola Marymount University

March 21, 2011 | 12:23 pm

Authorities on Monday were continuing to investigate the threat of a mass shooting at Loyola Marymount University last week that led officials to send out e-mail alerts and increase police patrols at the Westchester campus.

The anonymous threat received by campus officials on St. Patrick's Day morning resulted in multiple emergency alerts to faculty and students, but no gun was seen or found on campus, and school operations continued uninterrupted.

Los Angeles police Lt. Jeff Bert said the investigation into the e-mail threat was ongoing but declined to elaborate. He said the LAPD was working with Loyola Marymount police.

"Obviously, all threats against student safety are taken very seriously by the LAPD," Bert said. "As our investigation into the source of this threat continues, we will ensure extra patrols are dedicated to the Loyola Marymount campus."

Sources familiar with the threat said the e-mail threatened a "Virginia Tech-style" shooting, referring to the 2007 rampage by Virginia Tech student Seung-Hui Cho, who killed 32 people in a dormitory and a campus building before killing himself.

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