Shooter Opens Fire at Santa Monica College, Multiple Injuries

The suspect, who reportedly shot three people, was found in the school's library and taken into custody.

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A shooter near Santa Monica College opened fire and shot multiple people Friday afternoon, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The Times reports three people are being treated for wounds from the incident. A suspect was found in the college's library and detained. The extent of the victims' injuries is unknown.

Two people were also found dead in a burned home next to the Santa Monica campus, according to the Associated Press. A woman with a gun shot wound was also found in a car next to the burned home. The Santa Monica Fire Department and Police Department have not stated whether the incident is related to the shooting. 

The Los Angeles Times reports the suspected gunman set fire to the home and broke into another nearby before opening fire on cars and a city bus nearby.

Students at the school – a two-year community college with about 14,000 students – are in the midst of final exam season. The campus is on lockdown, as are several other schools in the area.

Santa Monica College has told students to stay away from campus and from any exposed areas while the incidents are investigated.

"Due to the shooter situation on the main SMC campus, the college is on lock-down. This means that if you are on campus, stay out of open spaces, stay in doors, lock all doors and do not open the doors until you receive an all clear from college officials. If you are off campus, do NOT come to campus," the school wrote on its Facebook page.

The school also cancelled all finals scheduled for the day in a separate Twitter update.

California Highway Patrol Sgt. Denise Joslin told media outlets that the suspect reportedly opened fire on cars and a bus in the area. The CHP has said that 911 emergency calls came in a few minutes before noon, Pacific Time.

President Barack Obama, who is in California for talks with Chinese president Xi Jinping, was at a fundraising event for the Democratic National Committee in a private home several miles away from the incident when it happened.

"We are aware of the incident and it is not impacting (the president's) visit," Secret Service spokesman Edwin M. Donovan told pool reporters. "It's a local police matter at this point."


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This story has been updated to add information about the two dead people found in a burned home next to the school's campus.