Police have no suspects and no victims after gunfire broke out late Monday morning on the Fresno City College campus.
The shots rang out in a parking lot east of the school's Math/Science building about 11:05 a.m. Several bullets broke glass at a campus greenhouse, sending campus police as well as Fresno city police speeding to the area. Officers were unable to find any victims in the area and also checked area hospitals, but did not find anyone arriving with a bullet wound. Police detained several people on the streets around the campus but did not make any arrests.
Bruce Hartman, chief of police at the college, said he was in the area when the shooting erupted and that it appeared that both the intended targets and the gunman ran south off the campus into the residential area south of McKinley Avenue immediately after the incident.
Police were searching for four men in their late teens or early 20s in connection with the shooting.
A witness who did not want to be identified said she saw four men running from the area.
Hartman said that because the gunman reportedly fled the campus, he did not order a lockdown. Nearby Fresno High School, just west of Fresno City College, and Heaton Elementary School, across McKinley Avenue from the campus, did order lockdowns.
Police located several 9mm shell casings in the parking lot and continued to investigate the crime scene Monday afternoon.
Some students appeared to take the incident in stride.
"Are classes canceled?" several asked hopefully.
Hartman said his office used the campus emergency system to get the word out about Monday's incident.
He said teachers and staff immediately received an email about it. Then an hour later, students were notified through the emergency alert system, which requires students to register to receive the alerts. Hartman said that Monday's alert said there had been a shooting and the campus was declared safe for classes and to avoid parking lot E because it was a crime scene. He said at least one car was hit by gunfire.
Hartman said parking lot E and some campus streets near it were closed for a few hours during the investigation.
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