Gunman on Pico false alarm
The person reportedly seen carrying a gun on Pico Boulevard has been detained and released, Santa Monica Police Department Sgt. Tom Burgess confirmed. The suspect, a homeless man, was let go after no weapon was found. Police received a call reporting the man at 9:33 p.m. and proceeded to close Pico Boulevard from 17th Street to 20th Street. The man was not arrested.
Burgess attributed the call to heightened sensitivity after Friday's tragedy.
This comes mere hours after a vigil honoring the victims of Friday's school shooting concluded on the Corsair field. More than 500 people from the school and local community came out to show their support. The families of the victims also came out to honor the deceased.
“The Santa Monica College community is strong and resilient, but we have just survived a horrific moment of violence,” Santa Monica College philosophy professor Amber Katherine said at the vigil.