Publicado: Sol, May 13, 2018
Global | Por Milagro Delgado

Suspect in custody after shots fired at California school

Suspect in custody after shots fired at California school

Authorities say they caught a 14-year-old suspected of shooting a former classmate at a California high school after the boy called his father to say he fired his gun in the air and was headed to a grocery store near campus.

The victim, also 14, was taken to the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery, a Los Angeles County sheriff's spokeswoman said. The shooting was sparked by a dispute between the two students, said Capt. Darren Harris with the sheriff's department. Shots were first reported at about 7 a.m. local time, which is a half hour before school was set to begin, officials said.

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

About a half-hour after the initial call, reports were received of shots being heard near the campus of Manzanita Elementary School on the 38600 block of 33rd Street East. Deputies searched the elementary school but found nothing.

It is unclear what the suspect was aiming for, the sheriff said, adding that it is early in the investigation.

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. The teen was in her Reserve Officers' Training Corps class, and said students were putting sofas and desks in front of the classroom door and windows to barricade themselves inside, Luke said.

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

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"They said there was a shooter", Mr Root said. He said the teen's father called a family friend who's an off-duty police officer and told him where the boy was.

A student's mother, Ana Salazar, told CNN affiliates KCAL and KCBS that her son texted her to say a shooting had happened.

The high school was being searched by dogs trained to detect explosives, law enforcement sources told ABC News, as sheriff's deputies worked to calm anxious parents who had come to the school after social media reports of a shooting. "Thankfully we only had one child that was shot".

Highland High students were evacuated and brought to the Antelope Valley Mall.

The school's principal posted a message on Twitter, urging people to stay away from the campus. Two other students were grazed by bullets.

Manzanita Elementary is about 17 miles from Highland High.

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