The two-year college, spread out across 38 acres, has about 34,000 students.
Jimes Gillespie, 20, told The Associated Press he was in the library studying when he heard gunfire, and he and dozens of other students began fleeing the three-story building.
‘‘As I was running down the stairs I saw one of the gunmen,’’ said Gillespie, who described the shooter as a white man in his 20s, wearing cornrows in his hair and black overalls.
As he ran across campus, he said he saw a car in front of the English building that was riddled with bullet holes, had shattered windows and a baby’s car seat in the back.
In a staff parking lot, college employee Joe Orcutt said he saw the gunman standing calmly with his weapon, looking as though he was trying to determine which people to shoot at.
‘‘I turn around and that’s when he’s just standing there, like he’s modeling for some ammo magazine,’’ Orcutt said. ‘‘He was very calm just standing there, panning around, seeing who he could shoot, one bullet at a time, like target practice.’’
Associated Press writers Greg Risling and Sarah Parvini contributed to this story.