Witness to Chaos: Photos From The Santa Monica College Shootings
The suspect has now died, according to CBS News.
- #SantaMonicaCollege attack: Witness found woman shot, bleeding: “Bullet holes in her shoulder, all over the car. http://lati.ms/lPjLT
- Police are clearing #SantaMonicaCollege, bldg by bldg. Bringing individs into this bus for questioning b4 releasing pic.twitter.com/oiEoi3DDi0
- Doctors from Reagan UCLA Medical Center are asking for help in replenishing blood supply. To donate: http://rdcrss.org/13LYUs7 #smc
- #BREAKING 1 dead, 5 hurt in Santa Monica College shooting. Suspect also now dead, according to CBS News’ John Miller.
- 1 dead, 5 injured in Santa Monica College shooting, @CBSLA says. CBS News’ John Miller says the suspect is also dead.
- BREAKING: @CBSNews Correspondent Carter Evans says the Santa Monica shooting suspect is dead. (@CharlieKayeCBS)
USA Today has more…
Two bodies were found Friday afternoon in a house that had been torched near Santa Monica College, and at least four people were wounded minutes later when the gunman opened fire on nearby traffic, Los Angeles officials said.
A suspect dressed in black, with “Life is a Gamble” on the back of his sweatshirt, was apprehended at the college’s library after students dived for cover or ran amid a volley of gunfire. The suspect, described as a white male in his 20s, was reportedly wounded, but the extent of his injuries was not immediately known.
There were no immediate reports that students or staff were hit by the gunfire. The main campus remained locked down through the afternoon, and students not already there were told to stay away.
The chaotic events occurred just before noon PT (3 p.m. ET), about three miles from where President Obama was appearing at a Democratic fundraiser. Authorities do not believe the shootings were related to the president’s visit.
A motorist was wounded in her car outside the burned home, Santa Monica Fire Department spokesman Jeff Furrows told the Associated Press. Three women in a car were shot minutes later.
Two were in critical condition and one was in serious condition at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, and one victim was in good condition at UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica, the hospitals said.
The incident began when a gunman — dressed in black and armed with a semiautomatic weapon and ammunition belt — tried to break into a house near the two-year college and then set fire to another home, about two blocks from campus.
Jerry Cunningham Rathner, who lives nearby, told AP that she heard gunshots shortly before noon and then saw a man shooting at a neighbors’ home. The residence quickly erupted in flames and billowing smoke. Fire damage was extensive, Furrows said.
The gunman then fired randomly at vehicles and ran onto campus.
The school, which was conducting final exams and graduation, was locked down and police evacuated some students after reports the gunman may have left behind several bags. The sheriff’s bomb squad was called in.
Obama was scheduled to helicopter back to the Los Angeles airport but instead traveled by motorcade “to avoid any impact on the ongoing local response to the shooting in the area,” the White House press office said.
Police told KNX-AM radio that witnesses reported to the California Highway Patrol that a gunman with one or more weapons began shooting randomly at traffic two blocks south of campus.
A student in the library told the Associated Press that he saw a gunman with a shotgun but also heard gunfire from a handgun, leading him to believe there were two shooters. But law enforcement told other news outlets only one gunman was involved.
Another student told KNX that he heard four shots near the library exit, quickly followed by a rapid volley of gunfire. It was not clear if police had fired.
The college canceled afternoon and evening final exams at the main campus.
All Santa Monica city schools were placed on lockdown.
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