Suspect in Custody After 2 Students Shot at California High School

January 19th, 2011 by Staff – Authorities say two students were shot Tuesday morning at a high school in Los Angeles. One person has been arrested.
Police believe the gunman, a black male wearing black clothing, is a student at Gardena High School, the school where the shooting occurred.
Police say one bullet was apparently fired accidentally hitting a 15-year-old boy in the neck and a 15-year-old girl in the head.
The girl suffered a skull fracture and bruising to the brain and developed a significant blood clot when the bullet grazed her skull. The blood clot was removed successfully, but she remains sedated and in critical condition, said Dr. James Ausman, a neurosurgeon at Los Angeles County Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. The boy is in fair condition.
Sources reportedly told The Los Angeles Times that after the gun fired, the student who brought it to school apologized to his classmates before running out of the classroom.

A spokesman for the Los Angeles Unified School District reportedly told local news outlets that the shooting was accidental. District spokesman Robert Alaniz said the gun was brought to school in a backpack and went off when the student dropped it — injuring the two victims with a single bullet.
Law enforcement officials, however, say they are skeptical of that account and say the shooting is currently under investigation.
The victims were treated by paramedics and taken to a hospital. One of the victims was in serious condition and the other in critical condition, according to fire officials.
Lt. Steve Prendergast, from the Gardena Police Department, said a teacher called 911 at 10:41 a.m. local time and local police responded. The investigation has been handed over to the LAPD, since the school is located in the city of Los Angeles.
A handful of frantic parents rushed to the school after hearing about the shooting on the news. They paced nervously as they waited behind police tapes for word from their children.
“I’ve never heard of anything like this before,” said Thomas Hill, whose 16-year-old and 18-year-old children attend the school. “You’re going to have confrontations between kids but never this.”
Armando Perez, whose 15-year-old son Richard, was in the school, said: “I just want to know what’s going on.”
A mother who was waiting to hear from her 14-year-old son, Michael, said the school has a reputation for gang violence. Lupe Contreras said she has been trying to get her son out of the school.

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