SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- An unconfirmed report of a gunman on the San Jose City College campus kept students and faculty members stuck in classrooms Tuesday but no gunman was found and there were no injuries, authorities said.
After getting the report around 4:30 p.m., San Jose City College police community service Officer Pete Luna said the school was placed on what he termed an “active lockdown.”
Campus police officers and San Jose police went room to room checking the buildings of the school, while students and faculty were told to stay inside and nobody was allowed onto the campus.
“We take those sorts of things seriously,” Luna said during the search.
Television live shots showed police massed outside the school, while other officers, many with their guns drawn, searched the buildings of the campus.
Percy Carr, coach of the college's basketball team, said he spent the lockdown in the gym with 16 other people, including all the players on the team.
“In light of all the events that happened (recently), nobody was at ease about what was going on here,” Carr told the San Jose Mercury News (http://bit.ly/UKfhjr ).
“We heard all the helicopters and saw all the red lights.”
The search was called off around 8 p.m., a campus police dispatcher said.
Classes were canceled for the night, but the school was expected to be open on Wednesday, Rita Cepeda, the college's chancellor, told television station KTVU.
The report of the gunman originated from a single text message to the school, Cepeda said.
Police did not immediately return calls from The Associated Press late Tuesday seeking additional details.
Founded in 1921, about 18,000 students enroll in the school every year, according to the school's website.