2 Shot By Student At Gardena High School

GARDENA (AP) — A Gardena High School student is in custody after a gun reportedly discharged in his backpack and injured two people.

Doctors say a 15-year-old boy is in fair condition after being shot in the neck and a female student suffered a skull fracture, bruising to the brain and a significant blood clot.

Neurosurgeon Dr. James Ausman says the 15-year-old girl was unconscious when she arrived at Los Angeles County Harbor-UCLA Medical Center Tuesday and went into surgery within 30 minutes to remove the clot.

She is in critical condition and remains sedated. Her family is by her side.

Deputy Police Chief Patrick Gannon says both victims were hit by one bullet that was fired when a gun in a backpack apparently went off by accident.

The 17-year-old student who brought the gun said he was sorry after it went off. He’s being interrogated by police.

The school was placed on lockdown, while police initially searched for the gun owner who reportedly fled to another classroom, according to Gardena police Lt. Steve Prendergast.

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Police take a student into custody after he allegedly shot three people at Gardena High School Tuesday. (credit: CBS)

The incident, which was reported through a 911 call by a teacher, occurred around 10:40 a.m. at the school at 1301 W. 182nd St., according to Prendergast.

Officers from the Los Angeles Police Department, Gardena Police and Los Angeles Unified School District police responded to the school.

The High School has at least 2,600 students.

Parents can call 310-354-3400 for information regarding their children.

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  • Karen Linares

    This is such a tragedy,

  • TCB1

    And they wonder why some parents fight for their children to go to different school districts

    • ROBERT


      • ROBERT


    • N R

      Very True. Exactly why they try to go to Narboone or Carson also

      • N R


    • Lynne

      Why should anyone be surprised. It is routine to move out of control students from school to school rather that removing them from the system. After all there is the ADA money schools receives for each student who is on campus. The Antelope Valley District has gone on record, in the latest budget proposal stating they need to “reduce home suspension(s)- [and] provide alternatives ($31 per day/ADA)”
      The bottom line is becoming much more important than student and teacher safety. California Ed Code requires that the staff be notified of potentially violent offenders. I would bet this did not happen in this case and was just another incident of sweeping it under the carpet. Discipline is so lacking in our schools today and until that and a minimum level of respect returns to the classroom test scores will continue to plummet and the safety of our students is in serious jeopardy.

  • AJ Morgan

    Only a coward uses a gun.

    • Sarge

      “Yep, hand to hand combat is the old school way to kill your enemies. Killing a man with your bare hands says ‘We’re all equals as men’ except I’m slightly more equal because I’m still alive and your dead.”

      (legal disclamer: this is supposed to be a attempt at humor and is not autored by me (it is a quote in fact). This is in no way a malicious attack or threat of any kind)

    • Lisa

      You do know that the gun went off by accident? He did not open fire at anyone. This is a horrible accident, and I feel bad for the victims, witnesses and for the boy who’s gun went off. Nothing worse than causing (serious) injury by accident, and possibly leaving one dead (one girl was shot in the head). This story really grabbed me. When are we gonna learn that guns kill people? This thug-lifestyle is promoted too much, but it isn’t a joke. It is real-life. I really hope guns will be illegal in the USA. They’re illegal in Holland, where I live.

      • Josh Butts

        The guns now I really don’t think go off just by dropping it. There are safeties on guns that should stop that. I think he’s wanna be thug that opened fire. We’ll just have to wait to see what the real story is. I just don’t believe it just went off.

      • Paul

        Accidental discharge or not, this boy brought a gun onto the campus, which is a crime in itself. If the gun was in his possession, and it went off injuring people, he should be held responsible for the consequences.

      • Geez...

        Really Lisa? He shouldn’t have had a gun in the 1st place, let alone a loaded gun at school. He’s 16- not even the legal age to posses a firearm. Guns can’t kill someone unless they’re loaded by a person- therefore PEOPLE kill, not guns.

      • watzittooya

        Stay in Holland & leave my gun rights alone!!!

  • http://www.rolandsmartin.com/blog/index.php/2011/01/18/3-shot-at-high-school-near-los-angeles/ 3 Shot At High School Near Los Angeles | Roland S. Martin Blog

    […] Police launched a massive search of the campus for the suspect, who may be a 16-year-old student, CBS News Station KCBS-TVreports. […]

  • Eric

    Channel 9 reporting on the shooting at gardena high school has proved their ignorance once again. The news caster said “If a student brought a gun in his backpack and it was dropped, how could it have struck 2 students? It must have been on automatic mode, making it very dangerous.” then later asking a district employee why a student was in custody if it was an accidental shooting. Come on idiots! Really? Bullets go fast, and have the potential to go THROUGH things. This is why the media is never taken seriously.

    • mike

      She probably watched the movie “True Lies” where Jamie Lee Curtis dropped the automatic machine gun which killed all the terrorists nearby

      • http://CBS2mobilesite Rudy

        Wow!!! That’s some good movie knowledge mike!

    • aj

      My feelings exactly! When the female anchor was talking to the lausd spokesman she was making an implication that he was lying, wondering why someone would be taken into custody if the shooting was accidental. Its still a crime to carry a concealed weapon and bring a firearm on campus! And yes one bullet can hit two people. The reporting on this incident by KCAL 9 is extreamly poor.

    • Josh

      If it’s a hand gun, then 9 mm rounds fragment/ricochet. Reporters need to get advised about fire arms before posting wild speculation and drawing half-assed conclusions.

  • Heather

    Why is the news channel calling the phone line for the parents to call and check on their children.How smart is that.You are clogging the phone lines just because you want to see if the parents are calling it.I don’t get it…..

  • Pat

    Geez we can’t figure out what happened. Can you please repeat yourself at least 15 more times and figure out new ways to sensationalize it and then get back to the Young and the Restless.

  • aj

    Someone get the female anchor off the desk. Her reporting of this incident is horrible!

  • MIldred Hillard-Hunt

    My heart goes out to the students and families of the injured children and to the student(gunman) and his family. You see I went thru this almost 18 years ago when my only son Demetrius L. RIce was shot and killed at Fairfax High School 1/21/1993 while sitting in his English class. OMG this is a similar situation of how my son was killed. I bullet hitting the first student exiting his body and then striking my son in the chest killing him. 1 Bullet two children shot. I don’t understand why the children don’t get it that they can not bring a gun to school!!!

    • Karen

      Mildred – I am so very sorry for your loss.

    • Gary

      I’m sorry to hear that sad news about your son. Very diffucult to send your child to school and next thing you are making arrangements for their funeral.

    • watzittooya

      I’m so sorry for your loss Mildred. Bless your heart for going through such a tragedy!!

  • minister Arlene

    to all the faculty and students at Gardena High i speak peace to your spirits and soundness to you minds, as we all know this a very difficult situation but know this God already has us praying for you all.And to the parents of the students that were injury my heart aches right along with your for we are all one body when one hurts we all hurt. To the parents of the shooter I can’t begin to think what’s going on in your mind right now, but I can say this we are praying for you too. And this our prayer that God would grant you peace in the midst of your trials love minister Arlene

  • GiGi

    This is crazy. Five more months and my last child in LAUSD is finished. I will breathe a huge sigh of relief this June! I’ve watched so many kids go from being the cutest little Kindergarten students to being thugs who wreak havoc in our communities. SO very sorry, Mildred, about your son.

  • TCB1

    My sympathies to the victims of today’s shooting and also to Ms. Hillard-Hunt. This has to be a parents worse nightmare. Children should not carry a gun to school or ANY where else!! They should only be concerned with carrying their BOOKS to school, not weapons.
    @ Sick of Nigero’s…….you’re an idiot and whatever race you are, I’m sick of you! I guess black people are the only race that has used a gun to kill…….Go look up the Columbine shootings.

  • JC

    Remove offensive post!!!

  • Will Campbell

    My thoughts and prayers are with the injured students.

    But it’s absolutely ludicrous that an LAUSD spokesperson would call it an “accidental” shooting. As if the suspect mistakenly brought a loaded gun onto school grounds? That or perhaps the spokesperson thinks it was a Show & Tell assignment gone horribly wrong?

    • Karen

      I am certain that the schools already ban guns.

  • Annette Marie Huneault

    that is terrible thing to happen .my prayer are with the familly and the victims of the shooting. I heard that the NRA said that the students in school should carried gun and what for? To have thing like this happen over and over again? I dont think so.Bringing gun to school should be banned.

  • daniel

    Quit saying he was “dressed in all black” like he was wearing some type of militant or tactical equipment. He was wearing a black tshirt with design and black jeans. There are probably hundrends of other students wearing similar attire at that school. The media loves to sensationalize events.

  • Adelle

    In B4 someone starts blaming Sarah Palin

  • Lourdes Renteria

    It brakes my heart to hear about these 2 students:(

  • Me

    Hey, learn to spell idiot!!! I am sick of uneducated fools like you.

  • marilyn milian

    Stop re-reporting the same information (that you haven’t confirmed) for 2 hours. Get the hell off, and put on People’s Court. The only thing that you’ve actually confirmed is that you suck at newsing.

  • Naziir

    The schools (school police) need to secure our communities: rival neighborhoods, bus stops, parks, hot spots. This was an accidental shooting which gives rise to why students feel they need to bring weapons to school for protection. This is a sad day for ALL involved.

    • ROBERT


  • Clarence Bradford jr

    God Bless You

  • larry lopez

    get over it ,this is overkill,an accident,it happens,the media will end up making timid children more frighten then they are all ready,is LA so deperate to have their tucson shooting,we always have to be in the news,but were boreing,just the truth

  • Joan

    ACCIDENTAL? What’s accidental about taking a gun to school? Kid should be expelled and he and his (probably gang member) parents should be prosecuted

    • minter Arlene

      Joan it’s so easy to judge when the shoe is on someone else foot but let it be your’s and it becomes a different story. you must not have any children or you’re just plan heartless. I’ll be praying for you,but you examine your heart. Much Love My Sister

    • Gary

      Joan, sometimes you cann’t control your kids and its very hard for some parents to keep up with their “bad” kids and worry about making it to pay the bills. I don’t have any kids of my own, but I know from my brother giving my parents hell and my parents are very good parents and tried their best. So I disagree with the parents should be prosecuted.

  • joy

    This is the last day my son will attend Gardena Highschool

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