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Updates on the Shooting at SCC

A Message from Los Rios Community College District Chancellor Brian King

Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015, 11:50 a.m.

Dear Los Rios Colleagues:

We are all painfully aware of the horrific mass-shooting incident last week at Umpqua Community College near Roseburg, Ore., which left nine victims and the gunman dead, and nine others injured.

Now is the time to stand with our community college colleagues to the north. I am asking the entire Los Rios community to participate in a National Moment of Silence in honor of the Umpqua victims. Please join us tomorrow, Thursday, October 8, at 11 a.m., to observe a moment of silence on the one-week anniversary of this tragedy.

In addition, as a sign of solidarity and support for our friends and colleagues who are working tirelessly to pick up the pieces on the Umpqua campus, please consider using the hashtag #IamUCC to share your support via social media.

I encourage you to participate in these efforts. Let’s demonstrate our respect for the Umpqua campus community, sending the message that all of Los Rios stands with Umpqua as its students, staff and faculty begin the process of healing.

Thanks in advance to all of you for supporting Umpqua Community College.

Brian King
Los Rios Community College District

An Update from Sacramento City College President Kathryn Jeffery

Friday, Oct. 2, 2015, 3:16 p.m.

SCC Colleagues and Students,

By now, most of you have probably seen or heard about the shooting on October 1 at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, OR, that has resulted in numerous deaths – including the gunman – and many more injuries. Words cannot express the deep sadness and confusion that community is experiencing.  Please send them positive energy to help now and in the days ahead.

I learned of the Umpqua shooting while writing an update for our own college community about the September 3 shooting at SCC. In the weeks since the incident, I have received many emails and have had a chance to meet with people face-to-face. Many people have stepped forward – regardless of job titles or whether they were college personnel or students – to help in meaningful and extraordinary ways. Below, I have shared a few powerful examples of these stories. I am proud of our community for the care and humanity we have shown during a most difficult tragedy. The final message, from a student, is particularly touching. My plan is to meet with her to thank her for taking the time to tell me her personal story. It underscores why what we do at Sacramento City College matters so much to so many.

I also want to share that the blocked-off area of East Road that has allowed for a respectful period of mourning will be cleared this weekend and the parking area restored. A wonderful letter from the SCC Student Associated Council (SAC), signed by SAC President Marianna Sousa and me, was sent to the family of Roman Gonzalez. The letter was accompanied by condolence cards from SCC faculty, staff, and students, and the Associated Student Council (ASC) of American River College.

I thank each of you for your engagement and support of one another throughout this period of challenge and sadness. We are a strong community and resilient.  Umpqua Community College is surrounded by a strong close-knit community as well.  Please keep them in your thoughts!

Kathryn E. Jeffery
Sacramento City College

A Message from Los Rios Community College District Chancellor Brian King

Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015, 3:04 p.m.

Dear Colleagues:

It’s been nearly three weeks since the tragic shooting incident at Sacramento City College, and I know that our own Los Rios counselors and area law enforcement chaplains – along with many other dedicated staff, students and faculty – have been of tremendous assistance in helping our entire community heal.

As I shared with you in a message on September 9, we owe it to the Los Rios community to conduct an independent review of what happened and consider recommendations to strengthen our preparation for possible future incidents as we move forward together. As I said at the time, I have directed our District’s general counsel, JP Sherry, to coordinate an external review of Los Rios’ response to the tragic shooting incident earlier this month at Sacramento City College.

I want to report to you that the review has begun and we expect our consultant and General Counsel Sherry to present a draft report to the Board of Trustees in closed session at the Wednesday, Oct. 21 Board meeting.  Following the Board’s review of the draft report, it is anticipated that the Board will provide further direction on any future actions.

Meanwhile, we continue our ongoing efforts to assess and address the safety and security of our faculty, staff, students and visitors on our open campuses. Many of you are familiar with the Los Rios District’s Preparedness Assessment Team, which was created eight years ago to continuously monitor the District’s state of emergency preparedness by assessing current capabilities and forecasting future needs.

The 26-member Team comprises representatives of all constituency groups and various job classifications throughout the District, including faculty, nurses, police officers, operations personnel, communications and public information officers, information technology and facilities management personnel and administrators.

The Team meets regularly, and has scheduled a meeting for November 4, to discuss the current state of safety and security throughout the District – including any issues raised by the September 3 shooting. We encourage you to connect with a member of the Team beforehand if you have a question, concern or suggestion you’d like addressed at the meeting.  For a current roster of Team members, please see the attachment to this email.

Brian King
Los Rios Community College District

An Update from Sacramento City College President Kathryn Jeffery

Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015, 11:20 a.m.

Greetings colleagues and students:

As we continue our return to a sense of normalcy after the shooting incident of September 3, I am continuing to meet and  hear from you, students, and college personnel alike. We are all managing through this situation – and will continue to do so – in our own personal ways.

I have met with representatives from all constituency groups: the Academic Senate, Classified Senate, Student Senate, and Senior Leadership Team. I have also met with the Joint Deans Council and Department Chairs Council. Throughout these meetings, and in other conversations, the feedback received has been very valuable providing suggestions for improvement of the overall safety and security of our college. All feedback is being shared with Chief Cheryl Sears of the Los Rios Police Department and Laduan Smedley, SCC Vice President for Administrative Services.

Additionally, several people from Sacramento City College have provided information related to  a review of response systems during and following the incident as requested by Chancellor King. This review has included one-on-one interviews with an external consultant, who will assess our overall emergency procedures and make recommendations. Chief Sears has provided an update on the investigation, which is ongoing and under the command of the Sacramento Police Department. They are still searching for the shooter.

If you would like to provide information or suggestions, please feel free to use our new SCC Hotline email link,, which can be found on the college’s website homepage. It is being checked regularly. Also, you may write to me directly.

Thank you for being there to help students and each other.

Kathryn E. Jeffery
Sacramento City College

The latest update from President Kathryn Jeffery

Sept. 15, 11:00 a.m.

SCC Students:

We are continuing the effort to learn more about, and move forward from, the event that brought a tragic shooting onto the SCC main campus on September 3. The days ahead will continue as a time of reflection for the college as well as a time for strengthening the safety plan used at all SCC locations and across the Los Rios Community College District.

On Sept. 8, the family of Roman Gonzalez, the student whose life was lost in the shooting of Sept. 3, cleared the area of all items left during the memorial vigil held on Sept. 4. Some more candles have been placed in the area over this past weekend. As an ongoing sign of respect, the college will keep the area where the incident occurred marked off for a time as yet to be determined.

I have been asked if there will be some type of designation on campus to remember the student and the act of violence that occurred. We will be carefully reviewing recommendations and options with Executive Council, which is comprised of all constituent bodies of the college including the presidents of Associated Student Council, Academic Senate, Classified Senate, and Senior Leadership Team. However, it might be helpful to know some of the things that already have been done:

  • 4: “Love In on the Quad” – SCC Students, staff and faculty gathered to share their thoughts and feelings about the shooting. This included signing two large banners.
  • 4: Adjunct Professor Joanne Moylin-Aube’s three sections of “Psychology of Death and Dying” classes gathered around the area of violence and created Healing Circles.
  • 9: LRCCD Board of Trustees opened with a moment of silence for Roman Gonzalez, and all victims of violence.
  • 9: The Associated Student Council at American River College presented a large banner to SCC to offer condolences to the family of Roman Gonzalez.
  • 10: SCC hosted a Town Hall Meeting in the Student Center to hear concerns about the event.

Counseling assistance is continuing in the counseling office, and at our centers in West Sacramento and Davis. Please do not hesitate to refer students to counseling, if needed. Also, I ask you to keep our counseling staff in your thoughts this week. This event has weighted on all in our community, and particularly on the counselors who are hearing from students and colleagues. They need to be supported as well.

As we look to other things happening at SCC, it might help students to learn about college events that help promote Panther spirit and our community. Our Panther football team won its home opener this past Friday night at Hughes Stadium, despite the smoke that flowed into our area from the Valley and Butte fires. Congratulations to Coach Dannie Walker and all the student athletes. If you have not attended one of our SCC sporting events recently – the volleyball, soccer, wrestling, golf, water polo and football teams are currently in season – then I encourage you to do so. Show your Panther Pride!

Kathryn E. Jeffery, Ph.D.

A message from President Kathryn Jeffery

Sept. 10, 9 a.m.

Last evening at the Los Rios Community College Board of Trustees meeting, board members and all in attendance took a moment of silence in honor of slain Sacramento City College student Roman Gonzalez.

Today at 4 p.m. a town hall meeting will be held in the Student Center. You are all welcome to attend. Notices went out by email on Wednesday, first to students and then to employees. This is another opportunity for us to come together as a community and talk about the events of last week. Light refreshments will be served.

I want members of our college community to feel heard and to have opportunities to process through this terrible event that has happened at our college so we as faculty, staff and administrators can help students each day feel that SCC is still a great place for them to continue their higher education quest. Also, we are taking very seriously all feedback received whether face to face or in writing. Through public settings such as the college forums, today’s Town Hall meeting, and individual meetings with students and other members of our college community, I am hearing many things about how people stepped forward to help in various ways and also about things we can improve upon. I am sharing feedback with Chief Sears, Vice President Laduan Smedley and Chancellor King as well regarding the concerns raised about our WARN alert system.

My intent is visit constituency meetings this week and next. I went to the Academic Senate meeting Tuesday and will contact Debra Crumpton about attending the next Department Chairs meeting. I attended the Associated Student Council meeting on Wednesday and the Joint Deans meeting. I have asked Sandra Belmares to allow time for me to meet with the Classified Senate at their next meeting. I have been responding to emails and have met with faculty who have asked to do so.

If you haven’t seen the excellent work of SCC Journalism students covering the story, please go to the Express web site:

We will get through each day feeling more resilient and focused on our on core mission and values.

Go Panthers!

SCC Town Hall Meeting

Thursday, 4 p.m. Student Center

Open to all faculty, staff and students

Sacramento City College and the Los Rios Community College District will hold a town hall meeting for all members of the SCC Community at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, in the student center. Coming exactly one-week after the tragic on-campus shooting that claimed the life of one of our students, this open forum will allow anyone to discuss the incident as well as hear about the latest developments in the investigation. Please come, and share your thoughts, questions and concerns.


An electronic hotline has been established. If you have questions, comments or concerns about the on-campus shooting last week, you may send an email to, and we will respond as quickly as possible.

Counseling still available

Students and staff, it is less than a week after the shooting, and we understand emotions are still raw. It is important to share your feelings, emotions and thoughts with others – if only to recognize that you are not alone in those feelings. You may do so by talking or writing, as each of us handles traumatic situations in unique ways. Counselors will be available in the coming days in the counseling office for anyone who needs it.

“The Express” Coverage on the Shooting

Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, 4:56 p.m.

SCC’s student newspaper, “The Express,” has provided extensive coverage of the shooting from the time the news broke. Access their articles at

An Update from Sacramento City College President Kathryn Jeffery

Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, 3:09 p.m.

Dear Faculty, Staff and Administrators,

Welcome back to campus. In the aftermath of Thursday’s on-campus shooting incident, I hope you were able to somehow find space to spend time with your family and friends during the Labor Day Weekend.

I am sure that the tragic events that occurred at the college have been on your minds, as they have mine.

You may be experiencing sadness, grief, a seeming loss of security, and many other emotions. Those are all normal in connection with an event of this kind. However, if you need help managing through these emotions, please take advantage of the counseling opportunities available this week at the Cultural Awareness Center, Counseling Center, West Sacramento Center and Davis Center.

We have increased the presence of security at the main campus. While the shooting was on campus, information provided to us from the police department indicates this was an isolated incident.  However, it is certainly regretful this happened at all.

Thank you to students and staff who responded bravely to help injured parties and help secure the campus from any further incidents. Your help was invaluable.

If you have not done so recently, please provide your most current emergency contact information. Remember, this is the only way we can contact you in case of emergency.

We will continue to keep the college community informed of new developments in connection with this situation and the related, ongoing investigation.

Finally, we continue to mourn the loss of a member of our college community, Roman Gonzalez, who was a first-time student this fall semester.  We will continue to keep the families of all involved in our thoughts.


Kathryn E. Jeffery, Ph. D.
President, Sacramento City College

Please respect the memorial site

Saturday, September 5, 2015, 11:15 p.m.

SCC Students and Colleagues,
On Friday night, September 4, about 250 people paid their respects in memory of Roman Gonzalez, who was fatally shot Thursday on campus. Mr. Gonzalez and Rico Ridgeway, both of whom have been identified as SCC students, seemed to be leaving the main campus along East Parkway when they became involved in an altercation with two other men.
Following the memorial vigil,  mourners placed candles, balloons, and other mementos around the site of the shooting on East Parkway near the softball field. Some of the candles were not in glass containers and were left in Styrofoam and paper cups.
On Saturday morning at 8:01 a.m, I received a phone call about a small candle that was burning out of its container. The fire was extinguished using a nearby cup of water. Also, on Saturday morning, graffiti was found painted on the nearby fence and along the sidewalk along East Parkway. A staff member who attended the memorial Friday night reported they saw no graffiti at that time.
The Los Rios Police Department was contacted and after they checked the graffiti, it was quickly cleaned away. The memorial candles and other tokens were left at the site; however, the area will be checked daily, restricted in size and will need to be removed after a period of time yet to be determined.
Thank you to the LRCCD and SCC Facilities personnel who worked on this clean-up effort. In addition, the Los Rios Police Department will check the site.
While we know people will express their grief, sadness and respect in many ways, we will watch for anything that compromises the safety of our college community.
You can help with this. Please report anything that looks unusual or threatening by contacting LRPD or Sac PD.
Kathryn E. Jeffery, Ph.D.
Sacramento City College

A letter of support from the Community College League of California

Saturday, September 5, 2015, 10:15 a.m.

Dear (Colleagues),

League staff was saddened to learn of yesterday’s shooting at Sacramento City College. While both Sacramento and Los Rios police continue to investigate, our thoughts are with students, staff, faculty, administration and board members of the college and district, and especially the families of those affected by this tragedy. This act of violence resulting in a loss of life to a student should never occur on any school campus. As Chancellor Brian King and President Kathryn Jeffery met with the Sacramento City College community this morning, we support President Jeffery’s remarks, “We are a community. We are a family.”

In Service,

Larry Galizio, Ph.D.
President/ CEO, Community College League of California

Counseling services available today and Tuesday

Counselors will be available for all students and staff who wish to use these services both today (Saturday) through 11 a.m. at the main campus, and again on Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Cultural Awareness Center, the Counseling Office and at the Educational Centers in Davis and West Sacramento.

Candlelight Memorial held on campus

According to the Los Rios Police Department, approximately 250 people attended a candlelight memorial Friday evening in honor of slain student Roman Gonzalez. There was minimal incident, according to police. In addition, the amount of memorial flowers and other items are beginning to grow in  the parking area on East Road near the site of the fatal shooting on Thursday afternoon.

Questions About the Incident

Friday, September 4, 2015, 5:40 p.m.

There have been many questions in the aftermath of Thursday’s tragedy. We would like to address a few that have come up a number of times from faculty, staff, students, community members and the media.

What is the college doing to increase safety on campus?

Safety is our priority at Sacramento City College. Effective immediately following the incident, there is an increased police presence on campus. Additionally, the mental and emotional health of our students and staff is important to us, so counselors and law enforcement chaplains are on campus and ready to support anyone who needs to talk about what happened.

The SCC and Los Rios District leadership is holding debriefing meetings and sessions to review how the incident unfolded in order to continually improve emergency response. Feedback from the college community is welcomed and will help greatly with refining emergency response procedures.

This sort of tragedy can happen anywhere. Yet, it is important to keep in mind that yesterday’s violence was a rare and isolated incident, and the parties involved are believed to have known each other. More than 20,000 students visit the SCC campus each day to learn and have done so for years without incident.

Why did it “take so long” to lock down the campus and inform everyone?

The incident occurred just before 4 p.m. and it took some time for information about the incident to move through communication channels, the situation assessed and the decision made for the campus to be locked down. An alert of the lockdown was sent to all SCC personnel by 4:18 p.m. Additional alerts were sent via text message, emails and phone calls to all personnel as well as students. Administrators acted quickly to inform their staff and secure their classrooms, buildings and offices.

What is the college doing to address what happened?

Signs have been posted throughout the campus to inform about counseling services that are available. The information is also being spread on the college website and through social media. Upcoming counseling sessions:

  • Saturday, September 5:
    8:30-11 a.m. Counselors available in the Cultural Awareness Center
  • Tuesday, September 8:
    9 a.m.-6 p.m. Counselors available in the Cultural Awareness Center

One Charged in Fatal Shooting, Shooter Still at Large

Friday, September 4, 2015, 2:40 p.m.

Rico Ridgeway, 23, who was grazed by a bullet during the shooting, has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon. He is on a parole hold, according to Sacramento police.

Roman Gonzalez, 25, was killed during the shooting that occurred in a parking lot by the college baseball fields. Gonzalez was a student at Sacramento City College.

Another person was wounded and taken to the hospital.

The shooter is still at large.

Anyone with information related to the incident, please call the Sacramento PD Dispatch center at 916-264-5471 or Crime Alert 916-443-HELP (4357). Callers may remain anonymous.

Individuals may also text a tip to CRIMES (274637) – Enter “SACTIP” followed by the tip information.

Services for Students, Faculty and Staff

Friday, September 4, 2015, 8 a.m.

On Friday, September 4:
9:30 and 11:30 a.m. General sessions in Student Center
9 a.m.-2 p.m. Counselors and chaplains available in Cultural Awareness Center
11 a.m. “Love-In” in the Quad
All Day A scroll will be available on the stage in the Quad for individuals to share their thoughts and words of support.

On Saturday, September 5:
8:30-11 a.m. Counselors available in the Cultural Awareness Center

On Tuesday, September 8:
9 a.m.-6 p.m. Counselors available in the Cultural Awareness Center

A Message from Los Rios Community College District Chancellor Brian King

Thursday, September 3, 2015, 11:52 p.m.

Dear Colleagues,

It is with a heavy heart I share with you the news you may have already heard about this afternoon’s tragic fatal shooting of a Sacramento City College student on the SCC campus. Police continue to investigate the shooting, but at this point the information available indicates two additional individuals were wounded.

I am proud of our faculty, staff and students who reacted admirably in the midst of this unthinkable and senseless ordeal. A special thanks to our Los Rios Police officers for their professional and compassionate response to the first shooting ever on a Los Rios college campus.

Tomorrow morning, counselors and law enforcement chaplains will be available at SCC to support our faculty and staff and students.

Sadly, events like this are far too common in our society. I have already received messages of support and understanding from colleagues around the state who acknowledge this sort of tragedy can happen anywhere. The safety of our students, staff and faculty is always our top concern. We remain vigilant in our continuing efforts to protect our Los Rios family.

Brian King
Los Rios Community College District

A Message from Sacramento City College President Kathryn Jeffery

Thursday, September 3, 2015, 11:45 p.m.

Today, our SCC Family was struck by an act of violence that resulted in the loss of life to one student and serious injury to two others. The victims were SCC students, two of whom were leaving an afternoon class.

At 3:56 p.m., an altercation between four people occurred on East Parkway between the softball field and Operations Department.

Ultimately, three people were shot. One student was pronounced dead at the scene. Another was transported to U.C. Davis Medical Center with multiple gunshot wounds. According to the Sacramento Police Department, the third shooting victim received a grazing wound.

The remaining person in the altercation is the shooting suspect. At this time, we do not know if he was a student or not. He was not in custody as of 11 p.m., according to Los Rios police.

As soon as we learned of the incident, SCC’s main campus was placed on lock down, and a college-wide alert was sent by email, text, and cell phone message.

The Los Rios and Sacramento Police departments immediately responded, and the campus was placed on lock down. Once the buildings had been checked to ensure safety, students and staff were evacuated. The police departments have been investigating the crime scene in the hours since this tragic event.

Even as we were learning the details of what had happened, the Incident Command Center at the college was quickly staffed by Los Rios Police Department, Sacramento Police Department, SCC Administrators and Staff. Several SCC colleagues, including faculty, deans and classified personnel responded, and assisted in the lock down in numerous ways by keeping students in classrooms, moving students from hallways into nearby classrooms, calling department offices to provide notification of the incident, and, more importantly, following directions to help students and other staff stay in place during the lock down. Students were very cooperative, and moved quickly and orderly. Thank you to all college personnel who quickly stepped forward to help spread the word throughout campus.

We appreciate the assistance of Chancellor King and members of his staff who have reached out during this difficult time. An incident of this type is unprecedented at Sacramento City College, and at the other colleges of the Los Rios Community College District.

Thank you to SCC counselors for assisting students and colleagues, who were clearly shaken by this tragedy. Beginning Friday morning, counselors and a police chaplain will be available in the Student Center and Counseling Center to assist anyone who might need grief support.  A crisis hot line is being set up, and the number will be advertised as soon as possible. Colleagues from American River College, Cosumnes River College and Folsom Lake College have offered their help and will be called upon to augment counseling services as needed.

Also, beginning Friday morning, SCC will have an increased police presence.

We are fully cooperating with the ongoing investigation, and are asking anyone with information about the shooting to contact the Los Rios Police Department or Sacramento Police Department.

We are deeply saddened by this tragedy, and offer our deepest condolences to the victims and their families.


Dr. Kathryn E. Jeffery, President

From the Sacramento Police Department

Thursday, September 3, 2015, 11:30 p.m.

  • Officers responded to a report of a shooting at the 3800 block of Freeport Blvd. on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015 at 3:59 p.m.
  • The shooting occurred in a parking lot just north of Sutterville Road on the south edge of the SCC campus.
  • Three victims were located in the area with the scene with injuries.
  • One shooting victim was fatally injured and pronounced deceased at the scene.
  • The second victim was injured and transported to an area hospital and is expected to survive.
  • The third victim sustained a minor wound that did not require medical treatment.
  • A preliminary investigation revealed that a physical altercation, between two groups of subjects, escalated when a knife and gun were produced by the involved parties.
  • It is believed the victim of the fatal shooting was involved in the altercation and was a student at SCC.
  • The involvement of gang activity has not been ruled out.
  • The suspect is believed to have fled the scene and is described as an adult male Pacific Islander wearing a white T-shirt and beige cargo shorts.
  • Sac PD Homicide detectives are lead in the investigation. Working with the Los Rios PD.
    • Anyone with information about the incident, please contact:

      Dispatch center 916-264-5471 or
      Crime Alert 916-443-HELP (4357) or
      Text a tip to CRIMES (274637) – Enter “SACTIP” followed by the tip information
      Callers can be anonymous and may be eligible for reward up to $1,000