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Santa Monica College lockdown called off; no gunman found

August 16, 2011 | 12:48 pm

Santa Monica College was locked down after report of gunfire

Police said a search of Santa Monica College found no sign of a gunman or a victim after people reported hearing shots fired at the school.

A lockdown of the campus has been called off and Pico Boulevard has reopened, police said.

The incident began when a female student on campus heard what she thought were two gunshots and glass breaking, said Sgt. Richard Lewis. The student immediately called her mother in Riverside County, who called 911, alerting local police. 

The campus was ordered locked down about 11:30 a.m. and about 30 to 40 police officers were dispatched to the scene, including the SWAT unit.

After authorities swept the campus, they determined that there was no gunman in the area, Lewis said.

He cautioned that there is a lot of construction going on on campus and that it might have created noise that alarmed the student. 

The college is currently between summer and fall sessions, so no classes are being held, though there are a few students on campus, Smith said.

John Adams Middle School and Will Rogers Learning Community were also on lockdown, officials confirmed.


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Photo: Pico Boulevard was part of an area locked down after a report of gunfire near Santa Monica College. Credit: KTLA 5