Search Continues For Suspect Who Shot School Officer In Woodland Hills

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LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Police say an LAUSD school officer wearing body armor was shot in the chest near El Camino Real High School in Woodland Hills.

The officer, identified as 8-year veteran Jeff Stenroos, was in his car on a street behind El Camino Real High School in Woodland Hills shortly after 11:30 a.m. Wednesday when he was hit, according to a Los Angeles Unified School District spokeswoman.

“He was shot in his vest. He wears a bulletproof vest so the bullet did not penetrate,” district spokeswoman Susan Cox said.

Stenroos was taken to Northridge Medical Center and was reported to be conscious and breathing, Cox said. Dr. Stephen Jones said that the officer is expected to be discharged late Wednesday.

Stenroos was released from the hospital just after 6 p.m. and he is now reportedly home and surrounded by family and loved ones.

The officer suffered some minor injuries to his head and back sustained in his fall.

UPDATE: KNX 1070’s Jon Baird reports officers have detained at least one suspect, but it looks like they grabbed the wrong guy.

The suspect, who was reportedly breaking into cars, is described as a white male in his 40s with light brown shoulder-length hair wearing a dark bomber jacket and blue jeans armed with a semi-automatic handgun. A 12-block area around El Camino Real has been sealed off as officers search for the at-large suspect.

El Camino Real High, Hale Middle, Miguel Leonis Continuation School, Woodlake Avenue, Welby Way, Lockhurst and Haynes elementary schools are locked down. Lockdowns at Calabash and Pomelo elementary schools were lifted and students on those campuses will be released at their normal times.

School officials say no students were involved in this shooting, but officers are checking to make sure no one entered a campus, Deasy said.

A message posted to El Camino Real High School’s website requested that parents not come to campus to pick up their children. Parents can get more information by calling their local district office at (818) 654-3600.

This is the second shooting on or near an Los Angeles Unified school campus in as many days. On Tuesday, two students were wounded after a gun hidden in a backpack fired at Gardena High School.

At a press conference Wednesday evening, LAPD Deputy Chief Kirk Albanese said the search for the suspect had been called off for the evening.

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  1. TERRI says:

    OKAY, ITS TIME TO STEP UP PARENTS AND BE A PARENT!!!
    ITS OKAY TO DISCIPLINE YOUR KIDS!

    1. Amanda Tucholski says:

      I agree, the parents and the teachers in the communitt really need to stand up and get involved with the youth in the low income neighborhoods. I also dont like the media coverage and how they make these kids sound like animals.. THE KIDS DONT FEEL SAFE and we need to figure out why.

      1. Jeannette Mouallem says:

        Please to not judge without knowing the facts. Woodland Hills is not a low income neighborhood. It is an upscale urban community in the San Fernando Valley and El Camino is one of the top high schools in all of California. This did not happen on school grounds. You are absolutely clueless.

      2. Gloria says:

        On the contrary, Amanda, Woodland Hills is not a low income area. It’s incredibly middle-class. And you would be surprised at how many of us parents in this neighborhood are very involved with our kids’ education and safety! As such, us parents feel like the government isn’t doing enough to give our schools the funds they need for proper education and proper security. The problem is our economy … not enough money to help our kids. This country’s priorities are all out of whack!

      3. Joshua Hackney says:

        Amanda, Woodland Hills is the Orange County of the San Fernando Valley.. This has nothing to do with low income areas

      4. LTucker says:

        Amanda,
        The homes immediately surrounding the schools range into $4 million. This is far from a low income area. My daughter is now on lockdown at Hale and I am appalled at the fact that you assume that because someone was shot that it was a low income area. This type of stereotyping is what causes so much strife in this country. Educate yourself before you type next time.

      5. Tracy MacDougall says:

        All kids should be treated equally, they should not have better or worse treatment due to their parents bad judgement and income status!!!!!!! PERIOD

      6. Dave says:

        I’ll tell you why, the state is making over the top budget cuts, so when it all trickles down to the schools, the board of education, superentendants, and all the suits in charge make the dummest cuts, they cut the securtiy in your schools, they don’t take a pay cut, they rather cut the fat from the bottom, with people who make low wages, this will continue until there is no one left to protect your children, and this is a fact. the people who make these decisions have lost track of what it’s like in the classroom , and how to deal with kids, they no longer have common sense, and are all paper pushers now.
        All i can say is get involved with your school, amd press your board of education for the safety of your children.

      7. paul says:

        The shooter was a 40 year old man ya big dummy.

      8. watchful citizen says:

        Your right the KIDS DON”T FEEL SAFE,, BUT WE DO KNOW WHY.
        AND WE ARE DOING NOTHING ABOUT IT. Great news to hear the officer is ok.

      9. Josh says:

        What part of “40 year old suspect” can you not read?

      10. Andrew says:

        Amanda, you need to think before you text. My guess is that you live in a lower income area than where this shooting took place.

      11. leo C says:

        Joshua your an idiot San fernando valley is not in the orange county!

    2. Mike says:

      So, where in the report above does it state that it was a student that was responsible for shooting the officer? It seems you are making an assumption about the suspect that is not supported by the article above. In addition, reports on the news are stating that the suspect they are looking for is around 40 years old.

      It sounds like your critical reasoning skills could use some work.

    3. LTucker says:

      What the heck are you talking about? This was not a student. Did you even bother to READ the article?

    4. Gena says:

      This shooting wasn’t even done by a kid. The description of the perp says he is about mid-40s. I don’t know what your comment has to do with this specific article but I still agree with the sentiment of it.

    5. Sandy Jones says:

      The suspect is a 40 year old white male

    6. specter says:

      It wasn’t a student that shot the cop..40YEAR OLD WHITE MALE…

    7. Andrew says:

      What the hell are you talking about Terri. They are saying that person was between the age of 30 to 40.

    8. PJ says:

      Did anyone hear the press conference earlier where the LAPD spokesman actually referred to the search as “Operation Valleygirl”? Seriously…I’m not joking…just seemed kind of an off color name for something so serious.

  2. Jack Meyhoffer says:

    It happened at El Camino High School NOT at Hale.

    1. Laurie says:

      At the school or NEAR the school????? NEWS MEDIA need monitoring

    2. SB says:

      It happened in between the two schools, not on school campus, no students were involved, parents do discipline their kids and it’s not a low income area. please read the news before you comment on it

  3. Lynda Barnes says:

    WTH????????????????????

  4. Laurie says:

    First you say you are not going to say the name of the school, then you show the name on the side of the school. Then you say near or at the school, showing El Camino & your alert says Hale Middle School. Either get the facts straight or hold off reporting! You don’t want to worry parents but you are giving information to stall time that may not be accurate!!!!!

  5. krg says:

    Where exactly in this article does it say it was a kid? It says it happened NEAR the schools. I was outside my office on break and heard the sirens. Didn’t realize this was what was happening though. If the guy is still loose then I think reporting it to give people an idea that it’s happening in the neighborhood.

  6. George says:

    Yeah, time to hold parents accountable. It’s also time to prosecute heavily and stop being so lenient; people beleive, and rightfully so, that they can get away with anything.

  7. juliemyers says:

    mental ilness is everywhere, and mostly intreated and misunderstood.

  8. melody says:

    It was a 40 year old outside the school on the sidewalk not in the school itself…

  9. jenn says:

    Terri … This was not done by a child. It is said that the suspect is an adult, white, male in his 40’s.

  10. Dan says:

    ……white male with light brown shoulder-length hair wearing a dark bomber jacket and blue jeans…..

    Did not think this breed still exists in the valley!

    1. Joshua Hackney says:

      I’m sure they do in Canoga Park or a Guitar Center in Sherman Oaks

  11. Kathye Vriese says:

    These were 2 adults not children who shot the school officer!

  12. krg says:

    Juliemyers, what in this article led you to deduce that this had something to do with mental illness? I believe it has something to do with a criminal running loose. Mental illness is an EXCUSE and it’s what lets a lot of people get away with this kind of stuff.

    For the rest of you, the Daily News now says the police has STRESSED this was not a STUDENT INVOLVED shooting. It was a man with long brown hair thought to be in his 40s. Shall we call his mommy too?

    1. juliemyers says:

      anyone who randomly shoots another person, for no cause whatever, is loony and needs to be treated and held away from society.

      and I am at an elementary school nearby and we are locked down and listening to the choppers overhead search for the suspect.

      1. krg says:

        Who said it was random? We don’t have ANY idea what happened and you are making quick assumptions. Should he be locked up? Absolutely, but that doesn’t mean he’s mentally ill.

        And I’m 3 blocks away so I have been watching and listening to the sirens and helicopter too.

    2. Gena says:

      Mental illness is an excuse? What planet are your from? Have you been sheltered like this your whole life or just the past few years? Is all your reasoning so flawed? Gosh, I have so many questions for you about your planet and the people there….

      It’s a stretch either way. There is nothing in the article to assume this person was suffering from some type of mental illness and there is likewise nothing to assume it should all be chalked up to a criminal running loose. There are no facts yet so just get over it people and move on with your day. Krg, stop being so ignorant and maybe read a few books or get out and look around planet earth before writing off mental illnesses.

  13. Angie says:

    I saw a guy matching that description at the Shell station up the street a couple of days ago. He was a transient type using the bathroom….he might be nearby, or even on their surveillance camera. Good luck, hope you find him before he hurts some else….speedy recovery to the School Police Officer. Thank you for everything you do.

    1. Jeannine says:

      Angie you should report your information to 1877-LAPD-247. Let them look into it. Who knows it might be the guy

  14. Chuck says:

    Stupidity is not an illness! Neither is delinquency nor criminality!

  15. gangstersarelosers says:

    hang both of the kids without trial.

  16. jon says:

    Who cares about the cops they get what they deserve!

    1. Leo says:

      Hey Jon you are Ass

      1. Riptorn says:

        Freedom of speech foolio, if your nose is buried all up in PD’s brown eye thats your choice.

    2. bdj says:

      Yeh! Who cares about the cops. And what about those crooked people in government, and how about all the teachers that cry about not getting enough money for schools? JON, GET REAL, AND GET A LIFE. I hope that you never need one of those cops.

    3. ROBERT says:

      so if some one shoots ur family for no reason n some one said who cares bout ur family member they deserve it how would u feel that’s some ones family member don’t hate cus he chose to b a cop ur an idiot for saying that

  17. lem says:

    It WAS NOT a kid nor was it at the school. It was NEAR el camino high and they shut down both schools for safety. The shooter is a male in his 40s.

  18. anyonumus says:

    not in hale,6850 topanga canyon boulevard canoga park

    1. Gena says:

      Not Anonymous. Anyonumus.

  19. m says:

    Thanks to the NRA, handguns are available to all and sundry! The NRA lobbys to ascertain that jhandguns are on the street. Every time a person is killed or wounded by a handgun the NRA should be held accountable as should the gun manufacturers. Handguns KILL !!!

    1. krg says:

      And cars kill, not the drunk or reckless driver. So we’ll so the car makers. Oh, and food makes you fat not the fact that people eat too much and don’t exercise. So we’ll sue the cows. And I got stabbed in the hand with a pencil so I should sue the company that made the pencil.

      Please. The guy that pulled the trigger is the criminal. End of story.

      1. libragurl says:

        krg….u are awesome! Some of these people have no idea what they’re talking about. You tell them. Lol.J

    2. B S B says:

      …and so do cars, hammer and knives. Guns don’t kill…it’s the wacko who pull the trigger that kills…it’s the drunkard who gets behind the wheel and drive that kills…think about it!

    3. Shaun says:

      Of course people jump to blaming the NRA right away. Get over yourself. It’s not the NRA, it’s closed minded morons like yourself that are uneducated and pass that along to your kids who in turn grow up to be morons just like their parents.

  20. anyonumes says:

    shotter spotted near canoga park high school

    1. juliemyers says:

      the choppers are still circling vanowen near platt

  21. Guy Joseph says:

    The offenders, teenagers or not, should be brought to book and treated as ordinary criminals. The Judiciary is giving criminals too much leniency, and
    that makes them bolder by the day.
    There should be stricter penalties for such offences. Even the death row
    is not enough. Only then will there be some calm areas where ordinary
    folk can get along with living their lives, instead of being timid to go out
    alone, espescially during the nights.
    The US is becoming as unsafe as many other countries, that we are warned
    to avoid as far as possible.
    When will we be safer once again, as in the days of the past?

  22. gdog07 says:

    Jon ur a piece of #### hope u never call for help.

    1. Riptorn says:

      You must be a sniffer.

  23. Arizona says:

    I guess people are just plain stupid, that and they can’t read…the suspect is in his 40s and it happened off campus — probably because the LAUSD police officer “had a wannabe cop attitude” and having an argument over a money that he owed the guy either drugs or gambling who knows. Just people, before you comment about kids and violence get your facts straight. The kids inside the lockdown are smarter than you all perceive them to be.

  24. Tracy MacDougall says:

    Haynes Elementary School is also on lockdown- that is 6 schools on lockdown!!

    – Concerned parent of student at Haynes

  25. Gary says:

    The whole point is people need to use there heads…life is to short
    No one values life anymore. Very sad!

  26. bobbyd says:

    Unfortunatly, people like “M” are gonna turn this into a stricter gun laws thing. Making guns illegal is NOT going to keep them out of criminal hands, period. All that will do is make sure the bad guys are the Only ones with guns. I dont know why that is so hard to understand.

  27. David Huffman says:

    Thank you Angie and anonymous,you people are doing exactly what good AMERICANS are supposed to do in these types of situations.as for Jon,i hope you need a cop someday TOUGH GUY!!! The rest of you should be ashamed of yourselves for arguing and nit picking about these things,this stuff is REAL you jerks,not some TV show!!!! BTW just so you all know,i’m a veteran of the U.S. Army.

    1. David says:

      David,
      Well said. Some of you really abuse your freedom of speech rights. You need your mothers/fathers next to you to slap you around for being such idiots.

    2. who says:

      why you calling people jerks , you narrow minded jarhead ! f you

  28. YesICanRead says:

    who needs to know? some people can’t read, others make up probabilities based on nothing but their imagination “probably because the LAUSD police officer “had a wannabe cop attitude” and having an argument over a money that he owed the guy either drugs or gambling who knows”

  29. who says:

    valley trash !!!!

  30. Jack Meyhoffer says:

    Pomelo Avenue Elementary School is also on lockdown.

  31. Ang says:

    Why insult animals by throwing them into the mix? Criminals carry concealed weapons and use them to harm. Animals do not.

  32. dee says:

    Look the report stated near a school a 40 something man not a student. So there is no need for parent to attack parents. We all need to come together and get to a solution not point the finger. By doing that the problem will never go away. But grow and become worse

  33. UpDate says:

    As of 1:30 p.m., LAPD officers were spotted speaking to an individual they had detained at North Topanga Canyon and Burbank Boulevards — and he matches the prior description of the suspect.

    The LAPD has now announced that Officer Jeffrey Stenroos was pursuing the suspect in the Camino High parking lot after he noticed him trying to break into parked cars. That’s when the shooter fired his handgun at Stenroos’ chest.

  34. Danny says:

    I think this country is going from bad to worst….end of story

  35. Johnathan says:

    I like how because this happened in a white neighborhood your all praising the kids and saying they would never do something like this. If it would have happened in Pacoima or East L.A. all you white people would have been making racist comments about how the students are thugs. Stay classy white people.

    1. I A says:

      Iit was an adult male shooting and any race should be outraged by it, It’s not about the color of your skin.

    2. leo C says:

      YUP I agree! A year ago some guy gets killed in front of a Telfair elementary during school and nobody cares! I Thank God it was a white male!

    3. krg says:

      Actually noone said the kids WOULDN’T do it, they said it wasn’t a student who did it. For one thing there is a difference between thinking some teenage kid is running around with a gun and a 40 year old doing it. Simply because someone might see him and if the description is wrong they get shot, or can’t report it because they don’t know who it is.

      Also, if all the parents thought it was a school shooting they’d be freaking out that their kid got shot or something.

      It’s simply a matter of reporting the story correctly and not blaming the school system for something some idiot did.

  36. daniiiiiii says:

    WHO CARES !!

  37. Brian says:

    The problem is that parents aren’t allowed to punish their kids anymore. If you spank them its considered child abuse. And God forbid if you get disciplined by a teacher. Times have changed and it’s ruining our society.

  38. swhitS says:

    This is beginning to sound more and more like another one of those set ups our gov is famous for. The reporting is too staged.
    If people knew how to handle guns we would less crime. Switzerland has practically none due to everyone having to be trained to use them, they all have guns in their homes. But, then you get Australia and Britain who banned their guns and crime escalated!

  39. Barbi Winters says:

    Just because we live in a high-income area doesn’t mean we (Woodland Hills) are above it all. Anyone can go crazy. I think that every school needs to take the highest measures to ensure that no one gets in school with a weapon. That being said, this was someone breaking into cars NEAR the school. What better neighborhood if they are going to steal, then from a neighborhood where there may be something of value. It’s everywhere. No one is singled out. That is what is so frightening!

  40. Barbi Winters says:

    I hope they remove Jon’s comment from this board. What a complete moron.

  41. Pdc says:

    I am amazed at the ignorance displayed on some of these posts. Pure ignorance. You read one article in on a website and run completely left field with it without knowing the “facts”. LMAO at the person blaming educational budget cuts. Pure ignorance.

    1. bdj says:

      My comments were aimed a “JON”. I fully understand the meaning of the report as written, and do not blame educational budget cuts for the shooting.

  42. Erin says:

    AMANDA WAS REFERRING TO THE GRANADA HILLS INCIDENT folks….she just didn’t say it. I got it. She is trying to make a point about kids who bring guns to school.

    1. Jeannette Mouallem says:

      Granada Hills? Another middle class neighborhood. I believe you mean, Gardena, my dear.

  43. Sal Gomez says:

    the students should be allowed to use the restrooms and eat.
    that is not cool.

  44. ron says:

    ok folks how many cops did you see at this shooting,.I saw over two hundred at the school “standing around”.it looks like the cops reich.the cop was not dead his vest stopped the bullet,and the cop will be back to work in no time,the tax payers does not need this over priced expense just to find the shooter.as i see it the world must stop turning just for union thugs.

    1. krg says:

      Wow seriously? The guy is running around with a gun near SEVERAL schools, just shot a cop without a second thought and you think they should just pack it up and go home? I have no problem knowing my tax dollars are paying for those cops to be out there and I hope they STAY out there til the find the guy. Beats paying for 90% of what they use my tax dollars for.

    2. ChaCha says:

      This has nothing to do with the budget cuts…STOP IT!! Woodland Hills is NOT a low Income .. furthermore .. is because of the bums..ad Lingerers that park their trashy motor homes by the schools.. something has to be done about the homeless a small percentage of them are truly in need the rest are mean drug addicts that go through their government ck as soon as they get it, they like how they something for nothing, the solution is NOT giving more money is a way of life to them.. they have a blast with our tax payers money after 6 p.m. in the empty office parking lots… the way we can help is to STOP giving money… In regards to What happened yesterday.. PARENTS need an education in parenting, they keep of having kids and they don’t have a clue in how hard is to really parent our kids.

  45. Inga says:

    It was an adult shooting and not on campus of El Camino! Get your facts straight before voicing your opinion., and learn how to read and listen. Obviously the comments blaming the kids are not from the parents whose kids are on the lock down.

  46. juan cintora says:

    I think that ALL LAUSD Students and police officers are doing a great job. Students i know you guys feel bad maybe because you guys havent ate but soon you’ll bw with your family safe and sound. This is one of the top reason where we all nees safety!

  47. Cleanjeans says:

    Handguns are made for ONE THING ONLY… self preservation….

  48. TERRI says:

    The Parents should take responsibility and educate their kids not to shoot at cops. That is bad.

    1. Jeannette Mouallem says:

      Hey dummy, read the posts before yours. It wasn’t a chiild, it was an adult male. The only connection here between children and the crime is a LAUSD police officer was shot near a school.

  49. Steve says:

    I sincerely hope the officer makes a full recovery.

  50. Will says:

    This was not a kid that did this… Geeeezzzzz….. But I bet the media is going to have fun with this one.. Especially after Tucson and then yesterday. Sorry folks I live in the inner city of LA and I would hate to have to go to school in my neighborhoood. I almost got jumped by some Gangstas last year and I sure wanted to carry my gun with me for the next time. It’s the Wild Wild West out here.. If you stay ready you ain’t got to get ready.. ijs… It dangerous but I’d almost rather be caught with a gun than without one. Because you best believe the criminals are going to have theirs. Bottomline.. These children are afraid. Parents can’t stay at school with them all day. The school district needs to step it’s game up.

  51. Celenski says:

    This has absolutely nothing to do with budget cuts, kids bringing guns to school or parents not being involved. Until the facts are known, we can only draw the conclusion that it involves a brazen criminal who decided to prey on an area that happens to be near a school. If his motive was to break into cars, then there are lots of potential targets parked on the streets near the high school campus and in the surrounding neighborhood during school hours. I know this campus – one of my stepdaughters went to school at El Camino. Let’s just hope the police can apprehend this guy before he hurts anyone else.

  52. Valley Dude says:

    I’m very happy the officer is alive and is going to be alright, that being said with 350 personnel on the scene you would think they could get the school searched in a timely manner and let the the kids get home. People please don’t react to comments that are based in ignorance or with the intention to divide. Have you ever heard of a troll?

    If I was a criminal which I’m not, but if I was one and I heard 350 were on the scene I certainly would take the opportunity to commit my crimes around this time seeing how Law Enforcement is currently preoccupied. Please Knock off the Macho Bravado Mr. Beck. It’s time to rethink how the LAPD and the Sheriff can regain confidence of the people of this city.

  53. Timothy says:

    White homeless man in his 40’s? Could be anywhere in Santa Monica, Venice, Pacific Palisades any busy corner on the West Side, asleep on the sidewalk in Hollywood. Why don’t you all get a clue.

  54. Siomha says:

    Okay, I was watching the news cast on my TV and I noticed that there was a word spelled “Zine” Could someone explain to me what a “zine” is?? Please, it’s the news, please make sure to spell check!

    1. Chingatch says:

      L.A. City Councilman “Dennis ZINE” it’s his area.

    2. MCC says:

      Zine is the last name of the LA City Councilman for that area. Full name Dennis P. ZIne 3rd district.

  55. Cindy says:

    Who cares about the homes. All highschools need metal detectors just like the airport and yes it was in the highschool parking lot.

    1. krg says:

      No Cindy, it was NOT in the highschool parking lot. It was on the PUBLIC STREET adjacent to the school. the police have stated that several times to make sure people knew it did not happen on school grounds.

      The gun was also never IN the school so a metal detector wouldn’t have prevented it from happening. God I hope you people don’t live in Woodland Hills cuz you’re all about as dumb as a box of rocks.

    2. Jesse says:

      It was not in the parking lot. It was on Burbank and Manton. I know because I go to school there and my class was overlooking the parking lot.

  56. rarebreed says:

    The suspect should be killed as soon as they find him. That is the only way to keep people like this off the streets !!!!!!!

  57. Ed Rooney says:

    I made poopy on myself.

  58. ChaCha says:

    Officer Steroos, Thank you for keeping us safe from this kind of people, so sorry you had to go trough that, again thank you..

  59. American Patriot says:

    there is no way the guy had a gun and shot the officer, it’s illegal to possess a gun within 1000 feet of a school in the peoples republic of California. Our supremely intelligent state legislature has guaranteed our safety by passing this act, just ask the officer.
    I was a cop, and never understood why it was so important to have a stampede of officers show up at a shooting for a cop (or big wig politician), but not for a regular citizen taxpayer. I didn’t swear an oath to protect just a small segment of society, I wanted to end discrimination, not promote it.

    1. Wolf says:

      American Patriot, th guy had a gun and shot the cop (who, thank goodness was wearing an armored vest that saved his life). Laws are for honest people. Criiminals don’t care. .

  60. Mel says:

    Ok, we’re going on 5 hours of lock-down. High school kids without access to food or restrooms…gotta feel sorry for the teachers!!

  61. Al B. says:

    Everyone take a breath. This was not Tucson or Columbine. It was not students. It did not happen on campus. The news coverage on this site is clear and concise. Please read it carefully before you comment. An old bromide says to engage your brain before you put your mouth in gear.”

  62. Elco says:

    We’re still here!!!!!!!!!!

  63. Cindy says:

    There are too many shootings involving schools, and valuable learning time is being wasted by dealing with them. It’s time to look into virtual schooling. Check out http://www.connectionsacademy.com, a free, public virtual school. They are enrolling grades K-12 for this school year still until February 18th.

  64. Concerned Resident says:

    The police perimeter was a little overboard, don’t you think?. This police blockade–approximately a three mile radius around the school all the way to Fallbrook Avenue!!–never would have happened/never happens in South LA. Instead of hundreds of officers parked along the streets blocking residents with IDS and obviously unarmed to go to their homes, they should have been searching door to door, street by street for the suspect, who’s probably long gone. I saw more people outside on the streets of Woodland Hills than ever before. Does it really make sense to block law-abiding residents, even those of us who were on foot and obviously not the suspect, from going inside our homes?

    1. Robert says:

      Concerned resident so if the officer let u guys go to your houses and the suspect is in yous home and decide to shoot u then you become a victim, that’s why they put up a perimeter and search the area.

  65. juli says:

    I thank God that the school officer who got shot is okay. i can’t imagine the students has to be on lock down for so long. I’m very lucky that i didn’t have to go through with this when i was in high school. my friend who lives near woodlake in west hills came over to my house to get me to have lunch and she saw 6 police cars and ambulance taking the officer to northridge hospital. i don’t understand why the pharmadics didn’t took him to west hills hospital which is a lot closer than northridge hospital.

  66. ethan says:

    I used to live in that area and i have some friends that go to Hale i think a lot of people would like to know more about the kids and if they are safe at their school

  67. end rascism says:

    HEY KNX why arent you blaming Sarah Palin and the Tea Party like you did 1 hour after the Arizona shooting!! I am so glad that Americans have as much resources avaliable to us as the meida does thanks to the internet, so we can catch them in their lies!!

  68. Stephanie says:

    Most of you are uneducated and acting ridiculous because you can hide behind computer screens. I am a recent graduate from El Camino Real High going to a UC. You must be mentally incompetent if you think that Woodland Hills is “no better than some parts of South Central”. I HAVE NEVER HAD A INCIDENT WITH ROBBERY/ CRIME/ MURDER/ ANYTHING OF THAT NATURE. Please stop slandering my home. Read up on my two story, half a million dollar home, and then feel free to report poor standards for my home town.

  69. momofour says:

    wow!! O.k. I understand and I know that the suspect is a 40 year old white male but what I can’t understand is how so many people want to blame the parents for out of control kids. Why do so many individuals refuse to admit that sometimes people are born with mental issues and NOBODY of the face of the earth is going to help it! The more you try with some of these individuals the worse they get. I’m tired of the blame game, blame the parent, blame the school, blame the government!! well, o.k. maybe you can blame the Government; blame them that these individuals aren’t placed in a psychiatric ward!! Some of the best people have hopeless children and some of the worst people have great kids… Mine are all Great, I’m a good mom… always put my kids first but I give credit to my kids for how good they are and I thank God everyday that I have such great kids!

  70. Also a concerned resident says:

    I would have rather taken my chances inside my home than out in the open–where dozens if not hundreds of us local residents were forced to remain yesterday. This shooter could have picked us off with his semi-automatic weapon at any time as we stood outdoors for HOURS! Instead of blocking entry into our home by parking themselves on the end of each street, the cops should have been going door to door looking for this guy. I can only imagine how much this “tactical alert” cost us poor taxpayers yesterday. It was overkill!

  71. Worried in Woodland Hills says:

    I’ve lived in Woodland Hills on and off for 20 years and have noticed in recent years how it’s gone downhill with a rise in graffiti, too many scary aggressive transients hanging out at the post office, shopping centers, etc. It hasn’t helped that dozens of marijuana shops have cropped up all along Ventura Boulevard, while mom and pop businesses have disappeared. All of these factors are a magnet for crime. LAPD should have more patrol officers in this area rounding up the vagrants and closing down illegal pot shops.

  72. bob says:

    you people are taking it way to far.
    this was a stupied person doing a stupied thing at the wrong time.
    no need to get all “OMG. this kids are dying

  73. Christa says:

    What about the people that were innocently detained based on a false description of someone that never existed! He needs to apologize to them for his unexcusable hoax!!

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