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.

KCAL: Reports of man with a gun on campus

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  1. Rob

    Just like the last one it will turn out to be a maintenance man with a rake, a stoner trying to hide his bong, or a guy with a tennis racket.

    This whole "if there is any remote possibility that it could be a gun call the cops immediately" mentality has gotten way out of hand.

    August 16, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mikoid

      Tell that to the Virginia Tech victims...

      August 16, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • McKracker

      What if it is a deranged lunatic with a gun??? I bet the kids in Norway that were gunned down a couple of weeks ago wished someone had been able to lock down the island and take care of that nut-job with fewer if any victims.

      August 16, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      Mkoid: at some point you have to stop jumping at your own shadow. Just because something bad happened once, years ago, does not mean that it is a regular occurrence worthy or constant paranoia.

      August 16, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      McKracker: the deranged lunatic in Norway was dressed as a COP! do you call the cops when you see a cop walking around with a gun?

      August 16, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jackie

      I wonder if you'd feel that way if someone you loved was there?

      August 16, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • JG

      When we're talking life or death, it's best to err on the side of caution.

      August 16, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      Yes Jackie I would, I felt the same way when the High School I attended was locked down 5 times in one year after those two morons in Columbine, and I still feel the same way now.

      August 16, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • stejo

      If I had a kid there, I'd much rather see an over-reaction at nothing than another VA Tech.

      August 16, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • McKracker

      Okay Rob, if you saw someone in civillian clothes walking around the campus of a school with what you believe is a gun, what would you do? Nothing? Turn your head and look the other way?

      August 16, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • stejo

      Rob, you didn't read Jackie's comment. If you had a child in that school, you're saying you'd rather they just take their chances and hope it's nothing?

      August 16, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      Stejo; take a second look and figure out if it is actually a gun or not, and if it is just a random indistinct bulge is someones pocket ignore it.

      August 16, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • McKracker

      And his tombstone reads: Here lies Rob. Could still be alive today if someone had just reported what they thought to be a firearm. 🙁

      August 16, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      And it just came over on another site, like every other time this happens, lockdown lifted because NOTHING was found to corroborate the call. Just a lot of people having their time wasted.

      August 16, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maxxgold

      Rob's an idiot people, just move along. Don't feed the troll.

      August 16, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • ProSci

      Totally agree with Rob. Americans are getting worse and worse with this sort of thing.

      August 16, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fox Mulder

      Just take solace in the fact that idiots like Rob are not in charge of anything more important than a janitorial closet.

      August 16, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      So I am either a troll or an idiot because I think people should assess what the actual risk is, not what the latest national news panic is

      Welcome to the Paranoid States of America, where everyone who wears cloths is a terrorist, every loud noise is a gunshot, every long object someone is carrying or bulge in someones pocket is a gun and every backyard garden is a cartel pot farm.

      August 16, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • She..


      Do you remember when someone pulled the firealarm atleast once a week and finally lit the fire in the trashcan to get out of class.. wait.. that was YOU! wasent it! ?

      August 16, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fox Mulder

      You're an idiot because you think that something that hasn't happened already couldn't possibly happen again and that there is no cause for concern. By the way, a lockdown is exactly what you've just described Rob. An assessment of what the actual risk is... How f@#king stupid are you?

      August 16, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • She..

      Rob's not stupid.. hes just a little Maniacal...

      August 16, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Punkass

    Weird to read about local news on CNN first. Hope its nothing.

    August 16, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  3. MagicFootWorshipingEvilJew


    August 16, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. uhhhhhhokay

    whoop whoop!! My troll alarm is going off!!

    August 16, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  5. midnightrambler444

    some of these kids are dangerously close to graduating.

    August 16, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • She..

      quick.. kill them before they get loose!!

      August 16, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Katie

    I'm glad they're taking it seriously.

    August 16, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Angelo


    August 16, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Nigerman

    Probabaly the trailer white folk

    August 16, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • noname

      You need another "r" in your user name brah

      August 16, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Juan

    It could be nothing or could be Virginia Tech all over again I was a junior at Tech when the shooting happened I will tell you one thing anytime I hear something like this I think the worse I hope its nothing. Remember 32 Hokies

    August 16, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  10. police83


    August 16, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      or 10000x more likely since like the one at Virginia tech recently nobody actually saw a gun, just something that "might" be a gun, or a bong, or a rake, maybe a TV remote, they do nothing, and nothing happens.

      August 16, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • clay

      lol you mean sitting in your squad cars shoveling donuts down your throat while sitting in a speed trap waiting for someone to go 5mph over...yep, get back to work.

      August 16, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  11. stejo


    August 16, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  12. TJ


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    • noname


      August 16, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Nigerman2

    don't worry Chuck Norris is on this

    August 16, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Tash

    better be safe than sorry.

    August 16, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  15. commonsense90

    Situations like this should always be taken seriously and to see that there are such ignorant comments being made just goes to show the stupidity of some people in this country. With that being said- why dont all of the little children making obscene comments get off of the internet and go educate yourselves a little bit more. And yes, let the police do their job.

    August 16, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
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