Gunfire erupts at California college

Alleged gunman said to be in custody after injuring at least three people with no initial reports of deaths.

    Gunfire erupts at California college
    A sweep was carried out in case a second shooter was in the area as victims were being treated in hospital [AFP]

    At least three people were wounded when shots were fired at a California college, and an alleged gunman was apparently taken into custody, witnesses and reports said.

    At least two of those injured were in a critical condition in hospital after the shooting at Santa Monica College on Friday. Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center spokesman Mark Wheeler said that the third victim is in a serious condition.

    A spokesman at the California Highway Patrol (CHP) told Al Jazeera that one possible suspect is in custody and sweeps are being carried in case a second shooter is in the area.

    The spokesman also said that the calls received by the CHP described a male shooting at cars and possibly a bus. 

    Jeff Furrows of the Santa Monica Fire Department said two people were found dead in a nearby home which was burned down. A woman also was found with a gunshot wound in a car outside the burned home, he said.

    ABC7 television earlier reported that the alleged shooter was injured.

    President Barack Obama, on his way to a desert summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping, was in Santa Monica speaking at a Democratic fundraiser about 5km from the scene of the reported shooting.

    Secret Service spokesman Edwin M. Donovan told a pool reporter traveling with Obama: "We are aware of the incident and it is not impacting the visit. It's a local police matter at this point."

    Santa Monica College is a two-year college with about 34,000 students.

    A separate spokeswoman for the California Highway Patrol, Sergeant Denise Joslin, told local television that there were no reports of fatalities, "but that is not something that I would rule out." 

    "We are not sure that it was a single shooter yet," Joslin added.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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