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Shooting reported close to Obama fundraiser

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A shooting in Santa Monica, Calif., disrupted President Obama’s travel plans Friday after he attended Democratic fundraisers in the Los Angeles area.

Mr. Obama was scheduled to take Marine One, the presidential helicopter, back to Los Angeles International Airport, but switched to a motorcade as local authorities continued to deal with the shooting at nearby Santa Monica College. White House Deputy Press Secretary Joshua Earnest said the decision was made to avoid any impact on the ongoing local response to the shooting.

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Mr. Obama was speaking at a home in Santa Monica to raise money for the Democratic National Committee.

Secret Service Spokesman Edwin M. Donovan said the shooting did not otherwise affect the president’s visit.

• This article is based in part on wire service reports.

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