San Rafael police are investigating a Wednesday morning shooting that appears to be a case of target practice at a college campus. At around 12:30 a.m., police received several 911 calls reporting gunfire or fireworks in the area of Olive and Palm avenues on the campus of Dominican University, according to the San Rafael Police Department. At around 4 a.m., a campus security officer found bullet shell casings on the sidewalk on Olive Avenue. Officers responding to the incident also reported finding shell casings, as well as a nutcracker figurine about 3 feet tall propped up against an oak tree in a small garden on campus property.Police believe a suspect had been using the nutcracker for target practice, and noted that a similar toy soldier from “The Nutcracker” had recently been reported stolen from a school cafeteria display. Officers searched the college campus’ grounds and buildings with K-9 units from the Marin County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives, according to police, but no other evidence of gunfire or firearms was found. No injuries have been reported, and authorities did not request a lockdown. Classes have been held as usual and the university has added security patrols as a precaution. Anyone with information regarding the shooting is asked to contact
San Rafael police at (415) 485-3000.