UPDATED REPORT: Man with Gun at South Pasadena High Unfounded

Police Respond to Report of Active Shooter at South Pasadena High

PHOTO: Alisa Hayashida | SouthPasadenan.com

UPDATED: Thursday 11/16/2017 | Bill Glazier

A male adult reportedly called the South Pasadena Police Department Thursday evening telling a dispatcher there was an active shooter on the local high school campus.

According to Sergeant Shannon Robledo, the man told the dispatcher at about 5:30 p.m. that there were multiple suspects shooting at South Pasadena High, 1401 Fremont Ave., and that he could hear gunfire.

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When officers arrived on campus, the sergeant said, “People were carrying out business as usual and there were no signs of an active shooter and we couldn’t hear gunshots.”

Officers determined that the area was safe after conducting a sweep of the campus as they looked for signs of anything suspicious in nature.

The police investigation led officers to the middle of the SPHS campus to the man who allegedly made the call on his cell phone. “The caller claimed it happened,” said Robledo, explaining the subject was later transported to a nearby mental treatment facility.

Officers determined that reports of a shooting were unfounded and the man in question, an Alhambra resident, had no connections to the school, said Robledo.

Support helicopters from the Pasadena and Glendale police departments were heard overhead while the investigation was underway at the high school.

South Pasadena High School Principal Janet Anderson was contacted on campus by authorities and briefed on the incident.


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There were reports of a man with a gun at South Pasadena High School, but a dispatcher at the local police department said “it was unfounded.”

The report came in at about 5:30 p.m. to SPPD on Thursday.

An officer on scene said there was no immediate danger to residents.

This is a developing story.