14-year-old charged with attempted murder for allegedly shooting fellow student

Geneva Stokes
May 12, 2018

Deputies responded to the school after reports of an "active shooter" about 7 a.m.

The suspect told his father that he shot his gun through the air, McDonnell said.

Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies were also on scene at Manzanita Elementary School in Palmdale, which is now all clear.

"Those shots, in some cases, went into an area adjacent to the courtyard where they were being fired from, so the potential was for anyone to be able to take a stray round there, whether they were aimed at or not", McDonnell said.

"They said there was a shooter", Mr Root said. Both were students at the school.

"I want to let you know that all of the Palmdale Elementary Schools were put on lockdown, and will stay on lockdown until the situation is confirmed as safe for our students, teachers, staff and parents".

California authorities arrested one 14-year-old suspect after reports of gunshots at a high school in Palmdale, according to media reports.

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The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is looking into the history of the rifle and who owned the gun.

"About a minute later, I get a call from them saying there were gunshots" and they asked to be picked up, Munoz said. Witnesses to the shooting said they saw people running from the building and heard gunshots.

The sheriff's SWAT team was reportedly on the scene and about to enter the school just after 8 a.m.

Betsy Sanchez, a spokeswoman for the Antelope Valley Union High School District, said the office is in contact with victim's family. Extra counselors will be at all schools to assist students and staff.

Palmdale is about 40 miles north of Los Angeles.

A 15-year-old boy was shot in the head and a 15-year-old girl shot in the wrist at Sal Castro Middle School in Los Angeles on February 1, officials said. He didn't elaborate. The injured student is expected to make a full recovery. Two other students were grazed by bullets.

Sergeant Bob Boese told the OC Register that this appears to be an isolated incident and that the suspect was a former student at the school who ran away after shooting one student.

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