Mt. San Jacinto College was placed on lockdown Wednesday after a man with a gun was reported on campus, authorities said.
No shots were fired and no injuries were reported, officials said. By about 1 p.m., students and faculty were being permitted to leave the college campus as buildings were deemed clear by law enforcement.
Authorities received the report of a man with a gun at the college shortly before 9:30 a.m., Riverside County Sheriff’s Deputy Robyn Flores told reporters. Responding deputies said the man had entered a cafeteria, walked up to a table where students were seated and pointed a gun at them before exiting the building, she said.
Authorities were telling people to avoid the area.
The college canceled classes at all of its campuses “out of an abundance of caution” though it said there were no threats to any other sites, according to an alert issued to students about noon.
Several other nearby schools — Clayton A. Record Jr. Elementary, San Jacinto Leadership Academy and Betty G. Gibbel Regional Learning Center — also were placed on lockdown while authorities searched for a gunman, the Sheriff’s Department said.
Sheriff’s officials stressed that they were not characterizing the situation as an active shooter incident. They described the suspect as a man between the ages of 20 and 30 who was last seen wearing a blue or gray sweatshirt with an emblem, jeans and a red bandanna.
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