Students at California State Fullerton have had a surprising interruption in their last week of classes before finals. Students and teachers have been told to stay inside with doors locked while police conduct a manhunt, and search the campus and its surrounding neighborhoods for armed robbery suspects who shot a person at a Riverside County jewelry store.
According to the Associated Press, while five suspects attempted to rob a store on Sunnymead Boulevard in Moreno Valley just after 3 p.m., they shot one person, and fled the scene of the robbery in a charcoal gray Lexus. They were stopped by police in Fullerton near the school when the Lexus rear-ended a Hyundai.
Three of the suspects have been detained T, including one who carjacked a silver sedan and drove onto the westbound 91 Freeway, speeding erratically through rush hour traffic and led police on a high speed chase along busy freeways and through residential streets before surrendering to more than a dozen officers some 60 miles away in Los Angeles.
The search for two remaining suspects is centered on three buildings along Nutwood Avenue on the southeast edge of the campus. Students were alerted via text message Wednesday evening and told to shelter in place.
Some occupants of Mihaylo Hall at the university’s College of Business were evacuated, and some students remain in lockdown, while night classes have been canceled due to the man hunt.
The official Cal State Fullerton Twitter account tweeted:
“President Mildred Garcia announced that all evening classes are cancelled due to the campus lockdown at Cal State Fullerton.”
The search for the suspects in ongoing.