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Police Apprehend Santa Monica College Student after Shooting Threat

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May 17, 2013 -- Santa Monica College and two adjacent schools were placed on lockdown Thursday after a college student threatened to shoot up the school and kill himself, according to Santa Monica Police. 

The student – who was apprehended by police -- made the threat during a call to Los Angeles Police, who immediately reported it to Santa Monica Police at around 8 a.m., police officials said.

The caller also made references to several other schools located in the City and County of Los Angeles, said Sgt. Richard Lewis, the police department spokesman. 

“Using information provided by LAPD, officers from the Santa Monica College Police Department were able to confirm that the person of interest was in fact a Santa Monica College student and was scheduled to have a class on campus” Thursday, Lewis said. 
Based on the information, police placed the SMC main campus, as well as neighboring John Adams and Will Rogers Middle schools on lockdown, officials said. 

“A perimeter around the school was put in place and as officers were being deployed onto the campus, information was received that the suspect was on campus and had walked into the Psychological Services Office for assistance,” Lewis said. 

Officers responded to the location and detained the subject of interest without incident, he added.
The investigation is on-going and involves several local and county agencies, Lewis said.  The Los Angeles Police Department is currently leading the investigation. 

Anyone will additional information relating to the incident should call Santa Monica Police Detective DeRyck at 310.458.8944 or the Los Angeles Police Departments Media Relations Unit at 213.486.5910.

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