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Saturday, August 15, 2020

Campus evacuated after “credible threat”

Pierce College is being evacuated due to a confirmed credible threat, Deputy Isaac Jorge said.

The deputies patrolled campus announcing an evacuation notice on megaphones. All classes are cancelled and the college is closed all day, and tomorrow until further notice.

More information to follow.

Update: 6:32 p.m.

Classes will resume tomorrow morning, according to an email sent by Pierce College at about 5:30 p.m.

Jorge said the campus Sheriff’s Office was notified by the LAPD of a credible threat at about 4:30 p.m. Evacuation notices began rolling out within the hour, and deputies have been evacuating the campus.

Traffic jams were caused by the evacuations and LAPD reinforcement was called to help.

Update: 6:52 p.m.

Dean of Student Success Mary Anne Gavarra – Oh confirmed the campus will  be opened tomorrow.

Update: 7:13 p.m.

Juanita Navarro, an LA County deputy sheriff, said someone overheard a threat and it was reported to LAPD.

Because Pierce College is under LASD jurisdiction, the county sheriff’s are investigating the threat and handling evacuations, Navarro said.

Traffic jams were caused by the evacuations and LAPD reinforcement was called to help.

Update: 8:00 p.m.

Captain Rodrick J. Armalin and Pierce College President Kathleen Burke gave a statement about the campus threat. A possible shooter was reported, but no weapons were found. The male suspected has been arrested.

Vanessa Arredondo
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