Saturday 24 February 2018

Two dead near campus attack

The equipment of a man believed to be the suspect in a shooting incident at Santa Monica College lies on the footpath after he was shot.
The equipment of a man believed to be the suspect in a shooting incident at Santa Monica College lies on the footpath after he was shot.

Tami Abdollah

Two people were found dead in a burned home near the campus of Santa Monica College in California. Earlier a gunman sprayed a street with bullets wounding at least three people in the same area.

Police said theshooting began beside the campus and just 5km from where President Obama was attending a fundraising luncheon just before noon.

Police said a gunman was in custody and the campus was being searched for a possible second shooter in the incident.

Jeff Furrows of the Santa Monica Fire Department said there was extensive fire damage inside the nearby home. A woman was also found with a gunshot wound in a car outside the burned home.

Three shooting victims were admitted to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Centre. Two were in critical condition and one was in serious condition.

Eyewitness Jimes Gillespie (20) said he was in the college's library studying when he heard the gunfire. "As I was running down the stairs I saw one of the gunmen," said Mr Gillespie, who described the shooter as a white man in his 20s, wearing cornrows in his hair and black overalls. He said the man was carrying a shotgun.Mr Gillespie believed there were two shooters because he heard two kinds of gunfire – a shotgun and a handgun. "The shotgun blast was first. It was either him or the partner who shot eight to 10 handgun shots," he said. "Then after I saw the gunman I heard more shots.

Irish Independent

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