Highland High School Shooting: Victim Shot in Arm, 14-Year-Old Detained

Lydia Fleming
May 13, 2018

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.

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.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said one victim was shot in the arm and is in stable condition.

Neither teen has been identified.

The Orange County Register said that suspect was 14 and his rifle was confiscated by police.

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The lockdown was later lifted. "We have a heavy presence here, and we have a suspect in custody".

"We were very fortunate that the incident wasn't much worse than it was", McDonnell said at a news conference.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said it was responding to a shooting at Highland High School, according to its official Twitter account.

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. They suggest it could have kept the situation from getting worse.

In the end, there was just one shooting and one victim, at Highland High School, about 40 miles (64 kilometers) northeast of Los Angeles. Palmdale School District runs elementary and middle schools in Palmdale, but Highland High School is part of the Antelope Valley Union High School District, which operates several high schools in the broader area.

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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.

George said he'd seen the teen on campus, but didn't know him. "Alexander, turn around, turn around, there's an active shooter.' And I didn't really have time to react to that because nearly immediately after that I heard one single gunshot very loud and very close by". She was waiting to learn when her son would be released.

"I thought he was joking, and I'm like, 'Don't mess around, that's not amusing, '" Salazar said. "It's something I never expected to happen".

The student was shot in the arm but will make a full recovery, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.

"Deputies have searched the campus".

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