One dead, one injured in California college shooting

2015-09-04 07:56

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Los Angeles - One man was killed and another seriously wounded in a shooting at a Sacramento, California college campus, police said late on Thursday.

"Campus is clear... investigation is underway," Sam Somers, police chief in the California capital city said in a tweet, adding that the lone suspect in the case remains at large.

The shooting at Sacramento City College, a community college near downtown, occurred just before 16:00, police said.

The campus went into lockdown following the shooting, which authorities said occurred at a parking lot on campus. Police said a male suspect was seen fleeing on foot.

Students said the violence - and the ensuing police pursuit of the shooter - rattled the campus.

"We saw the cop cars just zoom through" as classes let out, 18-year-old student Kimberly Jenkins told the Sacramento Bee newspaper.

Jackie Flores, 50, who lives across the street from the campus and told the paper he heard four or five gunshots.

"The situation is still unfolding - but I'm heartbroken about the shooting at Sacramento City College. I'm sick and tired of this," Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom said on Facebook, in an apparent reference to a rash of shootings across the United States.

The past week saw two TV reporters shot dead live on-air, a university student in Georgia shot and killed, and a police officer in Texas shot from behind, in addition to the many less-publicised shootings in US cities that occur every day.

Thirty-one Americans are shot and killed each day, according to The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

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