Gunman threat shuts down SMC

Police escort alleged gun man off SMC campus after being arrested for threaten (Photo by Emilio Sedeno)

Santa Monica College went on lockdown after a student called and threatened to shoot on campus, authorities said.

The 19-year-old supsect phoned in at approximately 8 a.m. this morning, claiming that he was going to open fire on campus, unconfirmed reports said.

The suspect could possibly be the person responsible for the gun threats around the state.

John Adams Middle School was also closed this morning after the call came in.

The lockdown coincides with the evacuation of East Los Angeles College earlier this morning, when a gunman was reported on campus. Monterey Park schools were also locked down.

SMC classes were on lockdown until 9:42 a.m. The library opened at approximately 10:10 a.m.

“The safest place is to stay put, stay in class and keep everyone safe,” said Ingrid Cardwell, science department administrative assistant, who warned classes in the science building.