At least three people were injured on Friday when an unidentified man started shooting into traffic around noon at Santa Monica College in Los Angeles, California.
The Los Angeles Times reported that the suspect was found inside the school library and taken into custody. Authorities are trying to determine whether there was a second shooter. One student told KCAL-TV they saw two shooters.
KNBC-TV reported that, according to a California Highway Patrol spokesperson, the suspect fired at cars and a bus while standing on the corner of Pearl Street and 17th Street on the south side of campus.
A Secret Service spokesperson said to the Times that the incident will not impact a scheduled visit to the area by President Barack Obama.
[Ed note: This story has been updated with more information.]
Update, 9:45 p.m. EST: The Times reported on Twitter that police believe the suspect’s first victims were his father and brother.
Update, 7:31 p.m. EST: Santa Monica Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks said at a press conference that the suspect shot at a passenger vehicle and a police vehicle before going on campus, and “accosted” and shot at people inside the campus library before being killed by authorities. Seabrooks said the suspect shot and killed six people in all. A second person of interest has also been taken into custody, but has not been confirmed as being connected to the shootings.
Update, 7:26 p.m. EST: Santa Monica Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks said at a press conference that the suspect in the shootings was shot and killed by police while exchanging gunfire in the college library.
Update, 6:58 p.m. EST: KNBC reported that six people were hospitalized after the shooting at the college, and one of the victims was the person who died.
Update, 5:15 p.m.: CNN reported that one person has died in connection with the shooting, but it was not clear whether it was one of the victims or the suspect.
The Times reported on Twitter that 2 other people were reported dead in connection with a house fire near the college. The Times also reported that President Obama’s motorcade was rerouted to go directly to Los Angeles International Airport.
Update, 4:48 p.m. EST: The Times reported on Twitter that the suspect is also believed to be responsible for several other crime scenes in the Santa Monica area, including breaking into one house, setting another on fire, and carjacking multiple vehicles.
Another student said to KCBS that he came back to campus after an initial lockdown order because he felt the suspect was motivated by government-fueled paranoia.
“People in America are living in fear, because of the war on terror,” the student said in a brief interview. “We’re being spied on by our government, and this is the action of terrified people. Not just the students being shot at, but the guy with the gun is scared.”
Watch the KCBS interview below.
Watch another interview from near the scene, posted by KCPQ-TV on Friday, below.
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