Police at El Camino College in Torrance shot and wounded an 18-year-old man who pointed a gun at officers Thursday in a campus parking garage, authorities said.
El Camino College Police Department officers responded just after 11 a.m. to a parking structure on the southwest side of campus after reports that an armed man might be holding hostages, according to the
In parking structure F, police found a man who matched the description of the armed man. There were no hostages.
After police confronted him, the man brandished a gun and aimed it at officers, the Sheriff's Department said.
"Fearing for their lives, the officers fired at the suspect," the department said.
The man, a former student at the college, was taken to a hospital in critical condition. He was undergoing surgery Thursday evening.
No officers were injured, and a handgun was found at the scene.
The campus remained open during the shooting but school officials asked students, staff and faculty to avoid parking structure F, according to a statement released by the college.
The Sheriff's Department is handling the investigation into the shooting.