UPDATE: Santa Monica College Shooting Began as Home Invasion Robbery

Published: June 6, 2013

UPDATE 3:30 (Pacific): KTLA is reporting one of the six people hospitalized as a result of this incident has died.

UPDATE: KTLA is reporting that all Santa Monica public schools are off lockdown.

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — A shooting in the library at Santa Monica College (SMC) started several blocks away at a residential home.

The alleged gunman was wearing all black, was heavily armed and was possibly wearing SWAT gear, reports KTLA. He allegedly attempted a home invasion robbery. He then fired shots inside another home, which then caught fire. Two people were found dead inside the home. The suspect is believed to then have carjacked a vehicle driving by and shot the driver of another car.

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The shooter then either drove or was driven by a woman a few blocks away, just outside of Santa Monica College, where he fired shots at a crowded public bus and at other vehicles. He then went onto campus and started shooting in the campus library. Some reports note that a campus employee heard dozens of gunshots and saw students, who were taking final exams, seeking areas of safety, CBS Los Angeles reports.

He was then taken into custody by police.

Six people have been hospitalized. SMC and all schools in Santa Monica are in lockdown.

The Secret Service was alerted, as President Barack Obama was at a luncheon fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee about a 10-minute drive away from the shooting incident.

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