SACRAMENTO, Sept. 4 (UPI) — Police were searching for a gunman who opened fire Thursday at a community college in Sacramento, killing one person and injuring two others, officials said.
“It started as a verbal dispute and escalated from there to fists, then to weapons,” a college spokesman told the Los Angeles Times. “One young man pulled out a semi-automatic handgun from his pocket and began shooting.”
One of the victims died and the other two were hospitalized with injuries. One of the victims sustained serious injuries, while the other’s were minor, officials said.
Authorities locked down the campus and ultimately evacuated the entire school by 8 p.m.
The unidentified gunman was described as a Tongan man wearing a white T-shirt and beige shorts. Authorities were not immediately certain whether he is a student at the college, like the three victims.
Classes were canceled Thursday evening due to the police activity on campus, but were scheduled resume Friday.