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Police find false report of active shooter on Ventura College campus was caused by automated computer alerting system


VENTURA COUNTY, Calif. – After evacuating the campus and investigating the scene, Ventura Police said the reports of a potential active shooter on the Ventura College campus Tuesday night were false.

Police said they evacuated the college around 6:30 p.m. and restricted access to classrooms while they investigated, but the scene was cleared around 7:41 p.m. and no longer considered it an active incident.

The Ventura County Community College Police Department (VCCCD) said that the false report was caused by an automated computer alerting system, and that college staff, IT and police are investigating how the alert was sent out.

The alert was sent to staff at the college about an active shooter on the campus, but police said that the original source of the message was unknown as of 7 p.m.

Police said there were no known suspects, no confirmed shots fired, and no victims or witnesses.

VCCCD said the shelter-in-place order was lifted at the college just before 8 p.m. after officers discovered that the report was false.

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