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KCRW Studios Evacuated During Shooting Near Santa Monica College

Santa Monica College SWAT Team - H 2013
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A SWAT team on the campus of Santa Monica College on Friday.

UPDATED: Five people are dead after a gunman went on a rampage in the area.

Radio station KCRW said that it safely evacuated staff from its studios and office on Santa Monica College on Friday as a gunman in the area opened fire. 

The station broadcasts from the basement in Cayton Center on the campus. It is now broadcasting local news from NPR West's studios in Culver City.

"KCRW remains evacuated after the tragic events that happened today in and around the campus of Santa Monica College. Some of the shots were fired right outside our offices, and we are relieved that our staff escaped harm," said Jennifer Ferro, KCRW general manager, in a statement.

"It's never easy to leave the scene of a story unfolding before our news team's eyes, but the safety of our staff will always be our paramount concern," Ferro stated. "Our hearts go out to those in the Santa Monica College community and surrounding neighborhood, of which we are a part. Even while evacuated, our news team continues to gather information and will report on the events as they develop."

The college issued an emergency alert and went on lockdown earlier in the day. All students were warned to stay away from the campus on Friday. 

The gunman killed four people during the rampage before being shot by police at Santa Monica College Library, the Associated Press reported.