Monday, 23 July, 2018

Multiple school-shooting reports create chaos in California city

Highland High School in Palmdale California Highland High School in Palmdale California Highland High School in Palmdale California
Judith Alexander | 13 May, 2018, 00:24

One victim was shot in the arm at a California high school on Friday morning and a suspect was detained, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.

"That student is going to be OK", he said.

"It has been confirmed that earlier this morning, there was an active shooter on the Highland High School campus".

Authorities in Southern California say their response to reports of shots fired at a Palmdale high school worked.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell said Friday that the 14-year-old's father then called a family friend who's an off-duty police officer and told him where the boy was.

Officials say a 14-year-old high school student used a rifle to shoot a classmate at their high school in the California city of Palmdale and dumped the gun in the desert before he was caught at a nearby shopping center.

Faculty also provided surveillance video of the suspect arriving and leaving the school, which "assisted in the quick apprehension" of the suspect, McDonnell said.

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Deputies were sent to the school located in the 39000 block of West 25th Street after receiving a report of an "active shooter" at about 7 a.m., Capt. Darren Harris said.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said one victim was shot in the arm and is in stable condition. The sheriff's department said deputies were on scene searching the campus, and the Highland principal tweeted that people should "stay clear of campus" while authorities assessed the situation.

Nadine Luke told CNN her 18-year-old daughter called her, screaming, after she heard shots in the school.

The shooting happened during "period zero", a time of extra classes before the school day's normal 7:30 a.m. start.

Parents and students were outside the school crying as investigators remained on campus. A shooting at the school, she said, has "actually been one of my biggest fears". While police searched for the suspect and secured the area, the school was on lockdown.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives [ATF] tweeted that they were responding to the incident. Two other students were grazed by bullets.

Johnny Lewis Sr., whose 17-year-old son is a student at the school, told the Los Angeles Times that he never thought he would experience a school shooting.

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