7 dead in Santa Monica College shooting, gunman may have had help

One person is in custody after a gunman opened fire on several vehicles near Santa Monica College Friday, and police said they were searching for a possible second shooter.

Seven people – including the gunman — are dead after a shooting rampage that ended at Santa Monica College, police said. Two people were found dead on Yorkshire Avenue and a home was on fire, authorities said.

Santa Monica College near Los Angles is reportedly on lockdown after reports of shots fired near the campus. Police have confirmed to the CBS station in L.A. that a suspect is down in the library.

The suspect fled onto Santa Monica College, where he was pursued by police. He shot a woman on campus and ran into the library, where he continued to fire rounds from an assault rifle.

Authorities shot and killed the gunman on campus. He has not yet been identified, but police described him as being 25 to 30 years old.

They have detained a second man, who has not been identified. He is considered a person of interest.

The shooting rampage sent Santa Monica into chaos — just as President Obama was attending a fundraiser a few miles away.

Many college students were on campus studying — or taking finals.

Stephen Bell and his classmates were preparing for the final tap performance when two women ran into their Santa Monica College classroom, next to the campus library.

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