Shooting Rampage at Santa Monica College
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Shooting Rampage at Santa Monica College

School opened this morning on a campus still reeling from the shooting deaths of three people last Friday. Counseling is being provided for shaken students, faculty and staff members. To establish the closest thing possible to business as usual, graduation will be held as scheduled tomorrow — but with uniformed security. The library, where the shooter was gunned down by police, is still closed. KCRW is back in its offices and we're broadcasting from our own basement studios. We hear how the recovery has been going today.

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Banner image: A memorial near where Santa Monica College groundskeeper Carlos Franco and his daughter, Marcela, were shot. Photo: Jenny Radelet

Just after noon last Friday, John Zawahri, was shot to death by police in the library at Santa Monica College after a shooting spree which began in a nearby neighborhood and during which he killed five other people -- three on the campus.  As the campus was evacuated, students, faculty and staff were marched passed his body lying on a sidewalk. 

Two of those who were shot were the long-time groundskeeper, Carlos Franco, and his daughter, Marcela, who was on campus to pick up textbooks for summer school. Franco was best known on campus for maintaining a popular rose garden off the main quadrangle. The college has set up the Carlos Franco Family Memorial Fund. (Donations may also be mailed to Santa Monica College Foundation, 1900 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405.)

 

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Among those responding to Friday's shooting was the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department

 

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 The Army, which also responded,
may have been in the vicinity because of President Obama's appearance
at a Santa Monica fundraiser

 

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 Santa Monica College Police Chief Al Vasquez addresses the press

 

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 Students and community quickly set up memorials to those killed

Photos by Jenny Radelet and Saul Gonzalez. Special thanks to Shako Liu for help on tonight's program.

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