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American River College open Thursday after lockdown

Aerial view of American River College campus on Thursday, December 26, 2013.
Aerial view of American River College campus on Thursday, December 26, 2013. RBenton@sacbee.com

American River College was locked down Wednesday evening after someone reported seeing an individual with a gun riding a bicycle on campus.

Sgt. Shaun Hampton, Sacramento County sheriff’s spokesman, said the campus was placed on lockdown while law enforcement officers searched the area. The individual was not found. ARC was open and operating as normal Thursday morning, according to the Los Rios Police Department.

Hampton said concerns were heightened because of Wednesday’s shooting at a Florida high school in which at least 17 people were killed.

The Los Rios Police Department issued a bulletin at 9:15 p.m. regarding what was described as a suspicious person or circumstance. It said police received a report about 7 p.m. from an ARC student of a man tucking a gun into his waistband near bike racks in the science area of the campus. The man got on the bike and rode off campus toward Myrtle Avenue.

The man was described as white, in his mid-20s, about 5 feet 10 inches tall, with a skinny build, wearing a white T-shirt, dark baggy pants and a tan hat. He was riding a black BMX bicycle, according to the news release.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call the Los Rios Police Department at 916-558-2221. Callers should refer to report 18-0085.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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