A shooting incident at a Sacramento community college killed one person and wounded two others, police said.
The victims were male, but it isn’t know whether either of them were students, Sacramento police Sgt. Doug Morris said. According to NBC News, one of the victims was shot several times and was subsequently transported to UC-Davis Medical Center.
The police were releasing groups of students and staff from the college buildings, while the campus was bordered with police perimeter and was placed under lockdown. Evening classes at the college were cancelled.
The shooting occurred shortly before 4 p.m. in a staff parking area in the campus’ south end. Search teams investigated the scene of the crime, and people were asked to stay away from the area.
Dustin Poore, of Los Rios police, who patrols the campus, said that a verbal argument between the people involved led to the shooting incident. The suspect pulled out a gun and shot the victims.
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According to Reuters, the suspect was still at large as of 5 p.m. The police described the suspect in a tweet as a “male Tongan, white shirt/beige cargo shorts, last seen fleeing (on) foot from the shooting.” Sacramento Police Department spokeswoman Traci Trapani said the shooting was an “isolated incident.”
“My stomach dropped,” Lars Beesom, a student, said. “It was definitely really, really scary, but we all stayed calm.
“It’s school,” Beesom said. “It’s supposed to be a good environment, and you don’t want to be scared here.”
“Sad incident on the edge of the campus. Search is occurring in and around the campus. Air ship is supporting search,” Sacramento Police Chief Sam Somers posted on Twitter.
Freshman Kimberly Jenkins said, “We saw the cop cars just zoom through” the campus, as reported by the Sacramento Bee.
Jackie Flores said she heard four or five shots. “It all happened so fast,” she said. Flores lives across the street from the parking lot.
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