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

Highland High School in Palmdale California

According to CNN.com, the 14-year-old suspect reportedly shot another teen in the arm at Highland High School before the school day officially started on Friday, May 11.

Just after 9 a.m., Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies confirmed that Highland High School had been cleared; the lockdown was lifted about 90 minutes later.

Authorities said the victim is a 15-year-old boy who was shot through the forearm and transported himself to a local medical center. Police also said they had recovered one firearm from the scene at Highland High School in Palmdale, California, about 60 miles north of Los Angeles. "The student said he was only joking, but deputies later found two semiautomatic rifles, two handguns and 90 high-capacity magazines at the student's home".

It is unclear what the suspect was aiming for, the sheriff said, adding that it is early in the investigation. They suggest it could have kept the situation from getting worse.

"So I called the school and his teacher was crying, but she said everything was fine and he was fine", Guzman said. According to police, the 14-year-old suspect used a rifle to shoot his classmate and then dumped the gun in the desert before he was caught in a shopping center.

"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. Authorities also set up an area to receive anxious parents who were rushing to the school to pick up their children. Witnesses who were outside the school described hearing gunshots and seeing students running from the building. The teen was in her Reserve Officers' Training Corps class, and said students were putting sofas and desks in front of the classroom door and windows to barricade themselves inside, Luke said.




Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.

Police respond to a possible incident at Highland High School in California. There was one shot.

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

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

Officials also said someone had called to report shots were fired in the vicinity of Manzanita Elementary School.

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