A lockdown at Monterey Peninsula College earlier today was prompted by a report of two armed robbers near the community college campus, according to school officials.
Around 11:30 p.m., police ordered the campus at 908 Fremont St. to go on lockdown after two armed robbers were reported near the college in the Iris Canyon area of Monterey, according to school officials.
An emergency alert was broadcast and students and staff were told to stay inside and lock all entrances.
All students and employees were sent an email, and alerts about the lockdown were posted to the college’s webpage and social media sites. The public was warned not to come to campus in those messages.
Buildings housing programs not on the main campus were also alerted to lockdown, officials said.
Around 11:50 a.m., police told the school president that the campus was no longer threatened. The school started the process of reopening the campus, but police quickly notified school officials again that there was a report of shots fired.
The lockdown was then reinstated, officials said.
Around 12:30 p.m., police searched the campus and it was determined that the area was safe and the order was lifted just before 1 p.m., Monterey police Lt. Leslie Sonne said.
Sonne said there apparently had been no merit to the report of any armed people near the campus.
Classes at the main Monterey campus have been canceled today. Sports team practices will be held as scheduled. Classes at off-campus locations were scheduled to continue as usual.