Sheriff’s Deputy and Sergeant Shot near California School; Students Told to Shelter in Place

LANCASTER — A sheriff’s deputy and a sergeant have been shot and the gunman is at large near Antelope Valley College in Lancaster.

School officials have told people to shelter in place Wednesday afternoon, according to KTLA.

Authorities respond in Lancaster after a deputy was shot on Oct. 5, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

Authorities respond in Lancaster after a deputy was shot on Oct. 5, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

The shooting occurred at 12:35 p.m. in the 3200 block of West Avenue J-7, according to Deputy Mike Barraza with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Lancaster Station.

Preliminary information indicated a deputy was struck by gunfire and taken to a hospital in unknown condition, Barraza said.

He later said a sergeant and a deputy were shot and that the two were not partners.

The circumstances that led to the shooting are not known. Barraza said there was a call for service that prompted authorities’ response, but he didn’t know what the call was about.

Authorities respond in Lancaster after a deputy was shot on Oct. 5, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

Authorities respond in Lancaster after a deputy was shot on Oct. 5, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

Los Angeles County Fire Department Inspector Richard Licon confirmed a gunshot wound patient was transported to Antelope Valley Hospital. An “officer down” was reported by the Sheriff’s Department, Licon said.

Police are still working on a description of the suspect, Barraza said.

Multiple sheriff’s vehicles were responding to a residential area a couple blocks north of the Antelope Valley College’s Lancaster campus, as well as on the campus itself, aerial video showed.

The shooting took place a few blocks from the campus, where students used Twitter to report the sound of gunshots.

Just after 1 p.m., the college warned people on campus to shelter in place or avoid the area due to an “armed suspect in vicinity.”

Check back for updates on this developing story.

Authorities respond in Lancaster after a deputy was shot on Oct. 5, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

Authorities respond in Lancaster after a deputy was shot on Oct. 5, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

KTLA’s Jennifer Thang contributed to this article.