FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 16, 2013
Contact: Richard Lewis, Sergeant
On May 16, 2013, at approximately 8:00 a.m., the Santa Monica Police Department received information from the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) that a male subject, believed to be a Santa Monica College student, called and threatened to "shoot up the school" and afterwards, commit suicide. The caller made references to several other schools located throughout the City and County of Los Angeles.
Using the information provided by LAPD, officers from both the Santa Monica Police Department and the Santa Monica College Police Department were able to verify that the male subject was a Santa Monica College student who was scheduled to attend class(es) on campus today.
Based on the information, the Santa Monica Police Department directed that Santa Monica College and both John Adams and Will Rogers Middle Schools, which are adjacent to the college, were locked down to restrict ingress and egress. A perimeter was established around the college. As officers were being deployed onto the campus, it was learned that the suspect was on campus in the Psychological Services Office. Officers detained the subject without incident.
This on-going investigation involves several local and county agencies. At this time, the Los Angeles Police Department is the lead agency. Anyone having additional information regarding this incident is directed to contact the Los Angeles Police Department's Media Relations Unit at (213) 486-5910.