The LA Times reports that seven people, including the gunman, are dead after a shooting around noon today in Southern California’s Santa Monica College.
Santa Monica Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks told the newspaper that the shooting rampage appears to have begun in the 2000 block of Yorkshire Avenue, which is about a mile away from the campus.
Police said that two people were found dead on Yorkshire Avenue and a home was on fire. The suspect proceeded to walk on a cross street called Pico Avenue and opened fire on vehicles, including a bus and police car, and killed three people in the process.
The suspect then fled to the campus while he was being pursued by police. While on school grounds it’s reported that he shot a woman and then ran inside the library — where students were studying for finals — and opened fire.
When police caught up with the gunman, they shot and killed him. They have not released his name yet, but they described him as being 25 to 30 years old.
Police have detained a second man they say is a “person of interest,” but have not identified him as a suspect.
According to reports, since the shooting, the school has been locked down. Santa Monica College, a 2-year institution, is about 15 miles west of Los Angeles.
The incident occurred while President Obama appeared at a fundraiser just three miles away, however, ABC News reported that the Secret Service says the incidents are not connected.
These are the initial reports and information is still coming in.