August 16th, 2011
04:04 PM ET

Lockdown at Santa Monica College lifted

[Updated at 7:27 p.m. ET] A lockdown imposed Tuesday on the campus of California's Santa Monica College after it received an unconfirmed report of a gunman on campus was lifted an hour later, a school spokesman said.

Santa Monica police said the college received a call late Tuesday morning that someone may have fired a gun on campus, and the school was locked down.

College spokesman Bruce Smith said the lockdown was lifted an hour later, at about 12:15 p.m. PT, after police did a "complete sweep of campus" and found nothing to verify the report.

Santa Monica Police Sgt. Richard Lewis said it was believed a student on the phone with her mother heard loud construction sounds and mistook them for gunshots.

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  1. Nelson

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    August 16, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
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    August 16, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. John

    @Rob: until you've had someone threaten you with a gun like I have shut the F up. Luckily I'm like Wyatt Earp and don't take cr@p off people. So when he tried to pull a gun on me I threatened him with the b!tch slap of a lifetime to which he promptly left the premises.

    August 16, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. fernace

    Last year we had a young man at UT, in ATx., come to school with an AK-47, shooting rounds in the air & later killing himself in the library! His name was Colton Tooley & he was 19 years old! It was dangerous & a tragedy, but these things happen & if it involves a campus or other public space, it is, as some have already pointed out, better to err on the side of caution! Having said that, I don't agree that it should be legal to carry at UT or any campus, as the Lege kept proposing all of last & this year ! Call me crazy, but I don't believe the answer to 1 person shooting off a gun is More guns! I believe the right thing is to lock doors to rooms & buildings & call the Police, trained people we pay to take care of these kinds of incidents! I just think more guns in a situation like that would only mean more death, more mayhem,more confusion! Santa Monica handled it correctly!!

    August 16, 2011 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Cesar

    @fernace: I guess. But owning a gun is not a bad idea if you live out in the country. By the time the police get there......

    August 16, 2011 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. fernace

    @ Cesar, I definitely agree with you there! In the country you might need to shoot a snake or similar threat, rocks or knives wont cut it, so to speak! Lol!!

    August 17, 2011 at 1:56 am | Report abuse |
  7. sosofresh

    if everyone had a loud construction sound this never would have happened.

    September 15, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
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