Shooting at Sacramento City College Leaves One Dead, Two Wounded

One person is dead after a shooting Thursday at Sacramento City College, according to Sacramento police. Sacramento City College is on lockdown while police search the area. The shooting occurred in a staff parking lot near the softball field on the campus. Renée C. Byer rbyer@sacbee.com
One person is dead after a shooting Thursday at Sacramento City College, according to Sacramento police. Sacramento City College is on lockdown while police search the area. The shooting occurred in a staff parking lot near the softball field on the campus. Renée C. Byer rbyer@sacbee.com

A gunman opened fire on the busy Sacramento City College campus Thursday afternoon, killing one victim and badly wounding another before running away.

The seriously wounded man was taken to an area hospital. A third person was grazed by a bullet. All three victims were Sacramento City College students, said Rick Brewer, college spokesman.

Sacramento Police Department spokeswoman Traci Trapani said the attack appeared to be an “isolated incident” rather than a campus shooting spree.

By 6:30 p.m., Sacramento police said they were still searching for a sole suspect, whom they described on Twitter as a “male Tongan, white shirt/beige cargo shorts, last seen fleeing (on) foot from the shooting.”

The shooting and ensuing manhunt badly rattled the campus and the neighborhoods around it. Throughout the later afternoon and early evening, a police helicopter circled overhead and officers cleared classrooms building by building.

The shooting occurred in a faculty and staff parking area in the south end of the campus off Sutterville Road, near the college’s softball field. Officials warned residents to stay away from the area of Sutterville Road and Freeport Boulevard as they cordoned off the crime scene and searched the vicinity.

“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 shortly before 6 p.m.

College officials canceled evening classes. A lockdown at the college was lifted at 7:45 p.m., Brewer said. He said classes will resume Friday with a police presence and that counselors will be available on campus.

The shooting occurred shortly before 4 p.m.. The college notified students via text message at 4:41 p.m. Some students described the lack of information and mass evacuation as chaotic.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/crime/article33840291.html#storylink=cpy

SOURCE: The Sacramento Bee – Hudson Sangree, Richard Chang, and Cathy Locke

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