19-year-old college student opens fire in apartment complex in California

A college student opened fire in an apartment complex next to a university campus in California, killing one person and wounding two others.

Members of a police commando team were communicating by cell phone Tuesday morning with the suspect, trying to get him to surrender, police spokesman Jeff Cardinale said.

Cardinale identified the suspect as 19-year-old Jonquel Brooks.

Police said the shooting followed an altercation at the apartment, according to officials at California State University, Fresno. Residents of the apartment complex, across a street from the university's Bulldog Stadium, were evacuated to the campus cafeteria, said Fresno State spokeswoman Shirley Armbruster.

American Campus Communities of Austin sent an e-mail to
American Campus Communities of Austin sent an e-mail to

The university remained open for classes.

"The Fresno police said there was no danger to the campus because they had the suspect in the complex and we felt it was safe to have classes today," Armbruster said.

The university sent a notice to students, faculty and staff Tuesday morning and posted an alert for them on the school's Web site.

The owner of the apartment complex, American Campus Communities of Austin, Texas, also sent an e-mail to residents early Tuesday telling them about the shooting and warning them to be cautious, said company spokeswoman Gina Cowart.

The two people wounded did not have life-threatening injuries, authorities said.

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