Pierce College Evacuated During Search for Possible Gunman

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A man was taken into custody following an incident that forced the evacuation of Pierce College in Woodland Hills on Friday.

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A man was taken into custody following an evacuation of Pierce College on Friday, May 30, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

A call came in to authorities at about 8:20 a.m. regarding a critical missing person with mental issues, who was possibly armed with a gun, according to Nuria Vanegas of the Los Angeles Police Department.

Several squad cars and a helicopter were sent to the scene, which involved the West Valley Occupation Center across from the college, Vanegas said.

The police activity was not taking place on the campus of Pierce College, according to Vanegas.

Due to the nearby police activity, the college was evacuated, according to a post on the school’s Facebook page.

Students were asked not to come to the campus, which was being evacuated as a precaution, the post stated.

Authorities set up a command center at Winnetka Avenue and Victory Boulevard (map), according to Vanegas.


A man was taken into custody near Pierce College on Friday, May 30, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

A man was taken into custody at a bowling alley a few blocks away from the college, Norma Eizeman of the LAPD confirmed just before 1 p.m.

No injuries were initially reported in the incident and all police restrictions in the area had been lifted, Eizeman said.