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Woman Is Detained in Connection to Shooting Threat at Valley College

Someone called the community college, saying someone was going to “shoot it up,” prompting sheriff's deputies to clear the campus.

Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Valley College
Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Valley College

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story was originally published at 1:40 p.m. Feb. 6, 2014. City News Service has issued a correction that the woman was detained, not arrested.

A former student at Los Angeles Valley College was detained at her Panorama City home today in connection with a threat that there would be a shooting on the campus, but she was not arrested, authorities said.

Someone called the community college about 9 a.m. and said someone was going to "shoot it up,'' prompting sheriff's deputies to clear the campus at Burbank Boulevard and Fulton Avenue, Deputy Guillermina Saldana of the Sheriff's Headquarters Bureau said.

Nearby Grant High School was placed on lockdown as a precaution.

The sheriff's department had reported that about 10:40 a.m., a 21-year-old woman was detained, but late this afternoon the department issued an update, saying that a 19-year-old woman was detained but not arrested and that the threat investigation was continuing.

The lockdown at the high school was lifted after the woman was taken into custody, according to the sheriff's department.

Classes and other activities at the college were canceled until 5 p.m., at which time the campus reopened for final exams, according to a campus operator. All campus activities were expected to resume on Friday, according to the college website.

The incident was handled by deputies with the sheriff's Community College Bureau, which patrols the nine campuses of the Los Angeles Community College District.

--City News Service

Christopher Thom February 06, 2014 at 09:19 PM
This story isn't clear... Was she making a prediction or masking a threat?
Penny Arévalo (Editor) February 06, 2014 at 09:23 PM
agree. City News Service just issued a correction (she was detained, not arrested), but I'm not sure it clears it up for you. It appears she was representing herself as someone with knowledge about a possible shooting.

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