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Actor Chad Allen Was at Scene of Santa Monica Shooting: VIDEO

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Actor Chad Allen, best known for his role in Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, was at the scene of today's horrific shooting at Santa Monica College. Allen said he was studying the library when he heard gunshots, OTRC reports:

"I was studying for my biology final and as I looked out the window, I could see kids looking backwards and running," he said. "So I knew something was going on. I got up and started heading towards the front of the library and that's when we heard a long 'bang' that sounded like a shotgun or a small bomb and then a few repetitive gunshots after that."

"I headed back towards the rear exits and helped funnel people out as best as possible and stay calm," he added. "And I was just on campus right now and as I came out, helped what seemed like a SWAT team figure out how to get to the other side of the field, the football field."

"It got pretty scary," he said. "As soon as people realized there was gunshots and it was real, there was immediately like, a lot of panic. One of the doors wouldn't open, so a lot of kids were panicking against a locked door and funneled around to the other side. Just kept saying, 'Everybody stay calm, we're OK,' headed to the exit."

Watch Allen describe the chaotic scene, AFTER THE JUMP...

Six people were killed in the shooting, including two men believed to be the gunman's brother and father. The gunman, who was 25 to 30 years old, was killed at Santa Monica College, the L.A. Times reports:

Santa Monica Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks described a violent shooting rampage that appears to have begun in the 2000 block of Yorkshire Avenue just before noon. The gunman then moved west along Pico Boulevard, firing at cars and other targets. One person died at Cloverfield and Pico boulevards; two died at 19th Street and Pico Boulevard. Another woman died at a hospital. Seabrooks said the gunman may not have acted alone.  A second "person of interest" is in custody.

"We are not convinced 100% that the suspect who was killed operated in solo or a lone capacity," Seabrooks said. The suspect fled into Santa Monica College, where he was pursued by police. He shot a woman on campus and ran into the library, where he continued to fire rounds from an assault rifle.

Watch ABC7's report, AFTER THE JUMP...

Our thoughts go out to those affected by this tragic incident.

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  1. What was Chad studying for? I'm a huge fan of his work as Donald Strachey. LOVE YOU, CHAD!

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jun 8, 2013 12:06:34 AM


  2. Maybe, he wanted to learn something

    Posted by: bructer | Jun 8, 2013 12:38:11 AM


  3. The shooter was just exercising his 2nd Amendment rights to possess an assault rifle.

    Posted by: Bryan | Jun 8, 2013 1:03:28 AM


  4. The shooter was just exercising his 2nd Amendment rights to possess an assault rifle.

    Posted by: Bryan | Jun 8, 2013 1:03:29 AM


  5. Saw him on an old episode of Star Trek TNG recently, he's certainly aged well.

    Posted by: Matt | Jun 8, 2013 1:41:01 AM


  6. Hey Bryan, California already has an "assault weapons" (really cosmetic features) ban. This just shows how useful those bans are. Crazies are going to crazy regardless of what legislation we put in place. The only thing that will stop them is a good guy with a gun.

    Posted by: matt | Jun 8, 2013 2:05:39 AM


  7. it was refreshing to see that this post wasn't prefaced with 'out' or openly gay'.

    Posted by: my2cents | Jun 8, 2013 2:23:04 AM


  8. Chad is still HOT! Wondered what he was doing since the last Strachey mystery movie.

    Posted by: GaryJ | Jun 8, 2013 2:31:07 AM


  9. Why we feel the need to go elsewhere to war, when war is right here at home, is beyond me.

    And that schmuck Matt braying NRA's latest disturbing battle-cry is more than irksome and reprehensible: More Americans than ever are dying because of gun addiction, and you want to put more guns out there and encourage more Americans to kill each other?

    Shame on you for your disconnection with basic human decency, and your obtuse disregard for the value of human life.

    Posted by: Maguitac | Jun 8, 2013 2:55:26 AM


  10. Chad! Seems like only yesterday that I worked on St. Elsewhere, with his younger self! Glad he's okay!
    ^^X^^

    Posted by: Bruce Wayne | Jun 8, 2013 3:43:21 AM


  11. Ugh, still so HOT!!!!

    Posted by: Deeee! | Jun 8, 2013 5:27:29 AM


  12. What was Chad studying for? I'm a huge fan of his work as Donald Strachey. LOVE YOU, CHAD!

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jun 8, 2013 12:06:34 AM

    LOL....I DID NOT POST THIS.

    But I'm glad Mr. Allen is OK and more people didn't get hurt.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jun 8, 2013 8:47:05 AM


  13. Chad is still hot.

    Of course, the primary thoughts are with the four (it's been revised down from six) victims. Another shooting in the USA. Maybe not a mass shooting but people's sense of safety has gone and their panic levels and anxiety will definitely have increased. Very sad. It's sometimes hard to even know what the solutions are or if we're just a broken nation.

    Gun death rates and gun crimes in general are going down in a major way and fewer and fewer people own guns, and even fewer people actually go out with guns on them. Demographics are changing regarding guns, people don't see use for them outside of hunting and don't want them around in their houses. The problem is that select 10% of crazies/deranged/hateful people and NRA loons that put us all in risk.

    Posted by: Francis #1 | Jun 8, 2013 9:13:14 AM


  14. Chad is still hot.

    Of course, the primary thoughts are with the four (it's been revised down from six) victims. Another shooting in the USA. Maybe not a mass shooting but people's sense of safety has gone and their panic levels and anxiety will definitely have increased. Very sad. It's sometimes hard to even know what the solutions are or if we're just a broken nation.

    Gun death rates and gun crimes in general are going down in a major way and fewer and fewer people own guns, and even fewer people actually go out with guns on them. Demographics are changing regarding guns, people don't see use for them outside of hunting and don't want them around in their houses. The problem is that select 10% of crazies/deranged/hateful people and NRA loons that put us all in risk.

    Posted by: Francis #1 | Jun 8, 2013 9:13:14 AM


  15. Chad is amazing. He is one of the sweetest guys I've ever met. Show him a bit of love and give a bit!

    http://apla.convio.net/site/TR?px=1537370&pg=personal&fr_id=1230&et=VHVq8PHKyZbBl6LDQTG17g&s_tafId=13511

    Posted by: Ken | Jun 8, 2013 10:29:05 AM


  16. terrible and tragic events.

    and chad has enormous double bags under his eyes.

    Posted by: northalabama | Jun 8, 2013 10:39:23 AM


  17. "I got up and started heading towards the front of the library and that's when we heard a long 'bang.'"

    Loud bang. He said loud bang. Not to detract from the seriousness of the situation, but hearing a long bang would have a completely different connotation.

    Although that WOULD be something I would love to hear from Chad Allen.

    Posted by: Acronym Jim | Jun 8, 2013 10:50:31 AM


  18. Chad Lazari? I knew he was a Guinea! Go Chad! I saw part of this last night in a pkg and was like "it's Chad from Dr Quinn!" My mother was like "Nooooo you're crazy" who's laughing now eh?

    Posted by: Leigh | Jun 8, 2013 12:59:11 PM


  19. Some of my favorite actors are doing real-life good this week.

    John Malkovich helped save a man's life in Toronto.

    Posted by: Randy | Jun 9, 2013 1:09:41 AM


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