Riverside police officers responded to the college near downtown Riverside just after 8 p.m. Investigators determined there was no gunman on campus.
Preliminary, police believe the calls may have been sparked from someone setting off fireworks or playing a video game loudly at an apartment near the school.
“I was just sitting here and there was just like loud noise and two thumps then out of nowhere I see 18 cops running with shotguns,” one student said. “It was kind of scary.”
“So my class got out and then there was just like a bunch of people running, but they were like laughing so I didn’t think anything of it,” she said. “Saw the police helicopter and then like a bunch of cop cars flying by and people are saying that they called for like a school shooting but I didn’t hear anything like not even a loud noise or anything.”
An emergency call on Wednesday night resulted in police officers responding to Riverside City College.
Officer Ryan Railsback, spokesman for the Riverside Police Department, said a person called 911 at around 8:20 p.m., and officers were dispatched to RCC.
“It might have been some fireworks,” Railsback said. “I saw some comment from an RCC parent that there was no alarm that went off at the school, but officers sent out a signal that everything was okay fairly quickly.”
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Railsback said the school was never put on lockdown, and officers verified that there was no active shooting, nothing was wrong and no shots were fired.
For our media friends inquiring, no shots fired / no active shooter at Riverside Community College. It may have been a firework coming from apartment next to the school.