Published: Sun, May 13, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Teenager arrested after classmate shot with rifle at high school

Teenager arrested after classmate shot with rifle at high school

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.

The school sign reads, "bully-free zone", at Highland High School where a shooting occurred on May 11, 2018 in Palmdale, California.

A 14-year-old boy shot and wounded a student at a Southern California high school on Friday before being taken into custody, police said.

It wasn't clear Friday afternoon if the shooting happened outside or inside the school.

"That student is going to be OK", Captain Darren Harris, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, said.

McDonnell said it is unclear whom the suspect was aiming at, stating that he "fired the rounds and deliberately left the campus".

Officials said deputies searched the elementary school and found no evidence of a shooting.

Authorities went to the high school in the 39000 block of 25th Street West in Palmdale about 7 a.m.

One of the brothers, 16, told Munoz he heard one gunshot, and that students were running. CNN reported the teen was apprehended near a Vons grocery store.

"I thought he was joking, and I'm like, 'Don't mess around, that's not amusing, '" said mother Ana Salazar. "And he's like, 'No mom, for reals, I locked myself up". There was one shot.

The shooting at Highland High School in Palmdale was sparked by a dispute between the two students, officials added. "Please stay clear of campus".

The FBI and agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives also responded to the scene.

The initial report of a gunman at Highland High School came in at 7:05 a.m. local time, and was followed by a report about a half hour later of shots fired near an elementary school in the area, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office. More information will be provided as it becomes available.

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