Published: Sun, May 13, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Teen arrested after student shot at LA-area high school

Teen arrested after student shot at LA-area high school

The rifle used in the shooting was also eventually found in a field about a half-mile from the shooting.

Deputies detained a 14-year-old boy Friday morning after he allegedly shot another Highland High School student in the arm.

At least one person was wounded after a shooting at a school near Los Angeles on Friday, local media reported.

"We are incredibly grateful for the actions of Highland High School teachers and staff and our first responders who courageously protected the lives of our students today", Brett Neal, an assistant superintendent for the school district, said in a statement.

The teen was caught about an hour later at a shopping center after the boy called his father to say he fired his gun in the air and was headed to a grocery store near campus, McDonnell said.

George said he'd seen the teen on campus, but didn't know him.

The sheriff's office said one person, a student at the school, has been detained. Both were students at the school. Students on the campus remained calm and texted their classmates, telling them to stay away from the area, and faculty members directed deputies throughout the campus, allowing them to clear the building faster, McDonnell said. Meanwhile Antelope Valley Hospital was told several people were dead and as many as 25 students were injured, said Dr. Pavel Petrik, the trauma center's chief of surgery.

Students are escorted from campus to be reunited with friends and family after a shooting at Highland High School on May 11, 2018 in Palmdale, California.

Investigators say the shooting stemmed from a dispute between the 14-year-old and the victim.

Los Angeles County sheriff's spokeswoman Nicole Nishida says the 15-year-old victim was shot in the arm Friday morning and is expected to fully recover.

Palmdale, a city of about 150,000 people, is in Los Angeles County, about 40 miles north of downtown Los Angeles.

The sheriff's office also tweeted that they investigated reports of shots fired near Manzanita Elementary School located about seven miles from Highland High School but the campus and school was clear.

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