CARSON, Calif. (Map, News) - A report of a man carrying an assault rifle prompted police to shut down the California State University, Dominguez Hills, campus Thursday morning before they learned the gunman was an ROTC student practicing with a fake rifle.
Police swarmed the sprawling campus 20 miles south of downtown Los Angeles shortly after 8 a.m. Some students and faculty fled and others locked themselves in buildings.
"We were just blind-sided," said university spokeswoman Amy Bentley-Smith, who locked herself in her office. "Someone came in and said 'There's a gunman on campus. Lock all your doors.'"
It took less than an hour for police to locate the suspect and determine he was a student with a fake weapon, said Lt. Oceal Victory of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The lockdown was lifted and the university reported that classes were back in session by midmorning."
Sad but funny all at the same time.As far as the local lockdown that went down a few days ago right here in Gainesville, the suspect "surrendered" to police. In liberal-town-lingo that means they surrounded his apartment and he didn't put up a fight as they tossed his stupid ass into a squad car.
This turned out to be the same braniac who robbed a jewelry store at the local mall, and was arrested that afternoon at a pawn shop across the street as he tried to hock the ring he ran away with.
A rap sheet as long as your arm, but one weepy judge after another slapped his poor little wrist, because he was, after all attending a community college and trying to...are you ready...
TRYING DESPERATELY TO TURN HIS LIFE AROUND.
So much so that he was loaning money at the college and decided to wave a pistol around...in the cafeteria no less...to impress a 'client' who was late with a payment.
This time around he remains in lockdown himself, in lieu of $800,000 bail.
But getting back to the California loon-acy, so is that all it takes to call in SWAT? Just run around yelling that A MAN HAS A GGGGUN and they'll call for help?
Thanks to Ride Fast & Shoot Straight for the leftcoast story.