Published: Sun, May 13, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

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

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

The sheriff's office said a boy had been shot in the arm at the school and was in stable condition at a local hospital.

Authorities apprehended the suspect at a Vons grocery store, about a mile from the school.

All of Palmdale School District's campuses were on lockdown "until the situation is confirmed as safe for our students, teachers staff and parents", Maldonado said.

The shooting happened on the campus of Highland High School in Palmdale, California, around 7 a.m. PT, even as some students still were arriving at school.

Lydia said she then heard two gunshots before she and her mom drove away.

Dozens of officers with several agencies blanketed both campuses looking for possible shooters and victims.

A shooting at Highland High School in Palmdale Friday left a student wounded and a former student in custody, authorities said. "The outcome was much better than anybody could have anticipated". There was one shot.

He said the boy had surgery and was expected to be fine.

The suspect, described as a "male Hispanic juvenile" by the department on Twitter, was not identified. Witnesses to the shooting said they saw people running from the building and heard gunshots. "So a very unsafe situation". The suspect fired about 10 rounds and told his father that he had fired into the air, McDonnell said. It's unclear where he got the rifle.

A rifle was found a "distance away" in the desert, officials said. "Please go to Avenue P-12, and deputies will let parents through individually", Highland High School's principal said on social media.

A parent told KNX that his wife was dropping their daughter off at the school when the wounded student ran up to her auto, shouting "He shot me!"

Lydia Gilbert, a junior at Highland, said her mother was dropping her off when a student ran up and warned her there was a shooting.

Amid a climate of heightened scrutiny for gun violence and school safety in the wake of the February 14 massacre at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, the Palmdale shooting immediately sparked a frenzy on social media and in the national news media.

"We didn't know at that time if our son was in danger, injured or shot or what", Lewis said. "It's just ridiculous with all the guns in schools. He shot me! I don't know why he shot me!"

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