UPDATED: Riverside City College gives confirms that reports of gunfire on campus are a “false alarm”

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by Dominique Redfearn

An all clear has been given by police after what was thought to have been of gunshots were reported at Riverside City College on Nov. 7.

Students received a text and email alert at 8:31 p.m. confirming that the reports were a false alarm. Some students took to social media to express apparent frustration that an alert was not sent before there was deemed to be no threat.

Police were spotted in the A.G. Paul Quadrangle during the lockdown before classes resumed.

“I don’t know the specifics, but it was possibly a firework that was reported as gunfire,” said Riverside Police Department spokesperson Ryan Railsback.

Nearby Cape Cod Apartments confirmed that there were no fireworks reported at their complex while Olivewood Apartments could not be reached for comment.

Campus police were unavailable to comment.

In an email sent out to faculty Nov. 8, Peggy Cartwright, associate vice chancellor of Strategic Communications and Institutional Advancement, confirmed that a caller reported hearing what was believed to be gun shots in or near the quad.

According to Cartwright, campus police responded to investigate the call, but found there were no active threats in the area. A subsequent related 911 call prompted a wider response by the Riverside Police Department and California Highway Patrol.

A second search was conducted by all of the responding agencies and again no active threat was found. It was determined that fireworks had had been set off near the campus.



This is a developing story. Samantha Bartholomew contributed to this report.

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