Santa Monica shooting takes place near Obama fundraiser

Three people were reported wounded in a shooting near Santa Monica College on Friday, just blocks from where President Obama was attending a Democratic fundraiser.

The Los Angeles Times is reporting that a suspect was taken into custody after being apprehended in the school's library, and the campus was locked down.

Obama had arrived in Santa Monica around 11 a.m. local time, joined by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. The president then traveled by motorcade to two fundraisers for the Democratic National Committee at the home of Peter and Megan Chernin.

"We are aware of the incident and it is not impacting the visit," Secret Service spokesman Edwin Donovan said, according to a pool report from reporters accompanying the president. "It’s a local police matter at this point."

Obama was attending a lunch with 100 donors and a reception with 35 more. Guests paid between $10,000 to $32,400 to attend.

David Nakamura covers the White House. He has previously covered sports, education and city government and reported from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Japan.
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