Alleged Campus Gunman at Mt. San Jacinto College Is Navy Veteran Who Sought Help: Father

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At left, Greg Abejon is seen in an undated photo provided by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. At right, a deputy walks through the Mount San Jacinto College campus during a lockdown on Nov. 6, 2019. (Credit: OC Hawk)

At left, Greg Abejon is seen in an undated photo provided by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. At right, a deputy walks through the Mount San Jacinto College campus during a lockdown on Nov. 6, 2019. (Credit: OC Hawk)

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A Navy veteran sought help from Veterans Affairs before he allegedly pointed a handgun, but did not fire it, at a cafeteria table full of students at a Southern California community college, his father said.

Gregory Abejon, 26, was arrested at the airport Wednesday as he tried to flee the country after the incident at Mount San Jacinto College, a college southeast of Los Angeles where he had threatened to shoot fellow students.

His father, also named Gregory Abejon, told The Associated Press on Thursday he is “devastated right now” and declined to comment further.

It was not immediately clear if the younger Abejon, who authorities say is a student at the college, had a lawyer who could speak on his behalf. He is in custody on $2 million bail for charges of possession a firearm in a school zone, brandishing a firearm and making terrorist threats, jail records show.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Office did not have additional information Thursday.

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