Published: Sun, May 13, 2018
Medical | By Jackie Banks

USA school shooting injures one; 14-year-old gunman in custody

USA school shooting injures one; 14-year-old gunman in custody

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. One person was shot in the arm, and a teen boy was detained. "The student said he was only joking, but deputies later found two semiautomatic rifles, two handguns and 90 high-capacity magazines at the student's home".

McDonnell said the 14-year-old suspect had fired multiple gunshots in a courtyard but did not elaborate on whether the teen was aiming for anyone in particular.

Authorities apprehended the suspect at a Vons grocery store, about a mile from the school.

The shooting happened at or near Highland High School in Palmdale around 7 a.m. PT, even as some students still were arriving at school, sheriff's Capt. Darren Harris said.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department tweeted that the victim was hospitalized and in stable condition, and that the suspect was a male juvenile. The campus was then placed on lockdown and students were told to shelter in place, McDonnell said.

Lydia Gilbert, a junior at Highland, said her mother was dropping her off when a student ran up and warned her there was a shooting. He said he heard one shot and turned. About 4,000 students attend the high school.

"So I called the school and his teacher was crying, but she said everything was fine and he was fine", Guzman said.

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"I was supposed to be going to school earlier than I was, but was late", she said.

Gunshots were first reported at Highland High School in Palmdale, north of Los Angeles, around 7:00 a.m. PT.

About a half hour later, calls were received about "shots fired" near Manzanita Elementary School, around eight miles to the west, the sheriff's department reported, adding that officers found no evidence of a crime there.

A concerned parent waiting for her son near Highland High said she got a text from him saying he heard a gunshot and that he had locked himself in a classroom.

A 14-year-old boy shot and wounded a student at a Southern California high school on Friday before fleeing the scene and being arrested at a supermarket by an off-duty police officer, law enforcement officials said.

Friday's incident comes during a time when gun control and school safety has been a national hot topic since the Parkland shooting on February 14.

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