SACRAMENTO, CA -- One person was killed and two others injured in a shooting late Thursday afternoon in a parking lot near a baseball field on the campus of Sacramento City College, police said.
Police with help from a helicopter were searching the campus and surrounding area for the suspect and had yet to find him some two hours later. The suspect was described as a man with no shirt wearing cargo shorts.
All three victims were men. One has been declared dead, one was being treated at a hospital and one was taken to a hospital but required no treatment, police said. No further details on the injuries were released.
Classrooms and offices are on official lockdown inside the police perimeter, but officers were releasing groups of students and staff as they cleared buildings, authorities said. Evening classes were canceled.
The parking lot is at the edge of campus, and it wasn't immediately clear whether the gunman or the victims have any connection to the college.
Freshman Kimberly Jenkins said she was coming out of class when police descended on the school, telling the Sacramento Bee that "We saw the cop cars just zoom through" campus from all directions.
Jackie Flores, 50, who lives across the street from the parking lot, said she heard four or five shots. "It all happened so fast," she told the Bee.
Classes were in session at the college in central Sacramento with a student body of about 25,000. The fall semester began Aug. 22.
The corner of campus where the shooting occurred is surrounded by strip malls with chain restaurants on one side and a golf course on the other.