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SANTA MONICA, Calif. (KTLA) — Santa Monica College was to remain closed over the weekend, but the school planned to offer counseling services to students and staff members after Friday’s deadly shootings.

Counseling services were made available on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m.to 3 p.m. on the school’s Bundy campus, according to Santa Monica police.

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Students are escorted from Santa Monica College with their hands up, Friday, Santa Monica, CA (Courtesy Los Angeles Times)

Counselors were also scheduled to be available on the main campus on weekdays for the rest of the month.

The gunman, whose name had not yet been released, killed at least four people in a series of shootings across the city.

Among the dead was Carlos Navarro Franco, a 68-year-old from West Los Angeles, the L.A. County Coroner’s office reported.

Navarro was a husband and father, a relative told KTLA 5.

At one point Friday, the city’s chief of police had reported a total of seven people dead.

“At this hour, it appears at least a half-dozen are dead and as many as two or three are injured,” Santa Monica Police Department Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks said at a Friday afternoon news conference.

Hours later, authorities revised the death toll to a total of five, including the gunman.

Two people were found dead inside a burning home at 2036 Yorkshire Ave., Seabrooks said.

Another victim was killed near Cloverfield and Pico boulevards and another died near 19th and Pearl streets, according to the chief.

The alleged gunman was shot and killed at the college.

The incident began shortly before noon as officials responded to reports of a house fire near the intersection of Kansas and Yorkshire avenues.

The bodies of two men, believed to be the brother and father of the suspected gunman, were found inside the home, according to fire officials.

Neighbors saw the gunman, dressed in all black, firing shots at a vehicle outside the home, witnesses said.

“It was really scary. I’ve never seen anything like this in my life,” said Reid Rosson, who witnessed the incident.

Another shooting was reported around 11:55 a.m. when a fully armed man standing on a street corner near Cloverfield and Olympic boulevards fired on multiple vehicles, including a bus, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The man then attempted to carjack two vehicles, witnesses said.

One of the attempted carjackings occurred near the campus library and college police station.

The gunman fled to the library, where he was shot and killed by police.

Students and teachers heard the gunfire and took cover.

SANTA MONICA COLLEGE COUNSELING SERVICES SCHEDULE:

Bundy campus on the second floor, Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Main campus, starting Monday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Students and employees may also call (866) 315-7370, a 24-hour support hotline or visit the school’s website.

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