Police: 2 teens shot at California high school
Police said two teens were taken to a hospital, including a girl who was in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the head.
January 18th, 2011
03:24 PM ET

Police: 2 teens shot at California high school

[Updated at 4:05 p.m.] A suspect in an apparently accidental shooting at
Gardena High School in California has been caught and handcuffed by police, according to footage aired by CNN affiliate KTLA shortly before noon PT.

"The student in custody was the student involved in this morning's shooting," Robert Alaniz, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Unified School District, told CNN affiliate KCAL/KCBS.

Los Angeles Police Deputy Chief Patrick Gannon told reporters that the shooting appeared to be accidental. A student brought the gun to school in a backpack, and when the student set the backpack on a desk the gun discharged, wounding two students, he said.

A 15-year-old girl was in critical condition with a head wound, and a 15-year-old boy was in stable condition with a neck wound, Gannon said.

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  1. Sheep Dog

    I like how you blame GWB for the stupid AWB being part of the problem in AZ. The high cap mag did not kill any one.
    Same way a threaded barrel, or a barrel shrod has never aided any one in killing some one.

    You guys remember columbine? Guess what ? That was during the AWB. They had a bunch of 10 round mags strapped to them. They also had a sawed of shotgun... so strange as those have been banned since the 30s. Take off your blinders, gun laws have NEVER worked, and they never will. They don't stop crime, they just make NEWS. They are made to look evil, so people are scared of them. You could muder a bunch of people by running over them w/ a car. Then what will your answer be?

    January 18, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  2. kris

    wow! Lots of idiots with no lives out there does anyone not want to argue

    January 18, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ModernEarthling

    Americans have had the right to own guns since it was granted in the 2nd Amendment over 200 years ago. The world was a much different place back then. America had 13 states and it was necessary for Americans to protect America with a well armed militia of its citizens. Fast forward 200 years and the need for a well armed militia of the average citizen is not necessary; we have the armed forces. But tell this to the gun lovers and they'll respond the only way they know how, "if guns are illegal, only criminals will have guns." The numbers of murders in America with guns is appalling and embarrassing. Yet nothing gets through to these gun lovers. No amount of murders or deaths will change their mind. The best we can hope for is an America two or three generations from now to re-think the second amendment. It's not needed anymore. It's archaic, plain and simple. The rest of the developed world moves into the 21st century and America is still playing Wild Wild West. And to be frank, Hollywood doesn't help much when they glamorize "dark heros" armed to the teeth. Video games, TV, movie posters. C'mon, everyone is the problem here, not just the powerful lobby of the NRA. Make a difference. Stop supporting movies, TV, video games, etc that glamorize gun violence. Start now. Maybe in two or three generation we can gradually put a stop to this and finally rewrite or repeal the 2nd amendment. We are the only developed country in the world to have this horrible murder rate through legal guns; and at the same time, America is slowly sinking to a second rate country. Intelligence through education has taken a back seat to violent acts and hate speech. So sad.

    January 18, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • jb

      While you are taking the high road I didint once hear you mention the top 5 "things" that kill in America.

      Should I be alarmed... nope just another American picking and choosing while turning a blind eye.

      (am i a gun person... no)

      January 18, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • ModernEarthling

      @jb: Please inform us, what are the "five things" that are used to murder more people in America than guns?

      January 18, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  4. OneInTheCrowd

    They should require that all individuals that own a gun register it with law enforcement. And there should be follow ups where someone from law enforcement go to the address where the gun is said to be and make sure the person has it safely kept. Anyone who has an unregistered gun or who has changed the status of the storage of the weapon to an unsafe one should share the same responsibility of the person that misused it.

    January 18, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sheep Dog

      Is murders w/ guns different that murders w/o guns? Look at those stats, see if murders have went down after guns were banned, the simple answer... NO. Strict laws? They only work if people obey them. Why should I not be allowed to have a suppressor on my weapon? Why should I not be allowed to protect myself? You want to leave it up to the police to protect you? Good luck w/ that. I'm so glad I live in Texas where I can have my CHL and I don't have to rely on some one else to protect me and my family. I own the big scary "assult rifle" AR-15. Boy does it look mean, does that mean it will hurt some one more or less than my grandfathers 50 yr old duck gun?

      Look at the LA riots, people ran out to get guns to protect thier familes. You know what they were told? That because of GUN LAWS they would have to wait 15 days. You know who was not robbed during the riots? The people standing on top of thier stores w/ AK-47s running off looters.

      January 18, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  5. hockeyguy

    i guess some posters here are too one-dimensional to realize just how many of these crimes are committed by nutjobs who have easy access to assault weapons and not by criminals who are looking to take out people because they have some incredibly well designed master plan to eliminate all their enemies. seriously. morons. and since when did a hunter kill a moose with an AR-15? get realistic.

    January 18, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sheep Dog

      Hey Hockey guy. I hunt w/ my AR-15 almost every weekend. The AR platform is one of the best hunting rifles around. It can be used for every thing from .22 to 50bmg ammo. Coyotes, hogs, deer, etc etc. I'd say the AR is the fastest growing platform in the hunting community

      January 18, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  6. CrustyOldGuy

    LA television station ABC7 is reporting that a gun in a backpack discharged accidentally and 2 students are wounded.

    January 18, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  7. USA#1

    Metal detectors at the doors with security guards standing by in all middle and high schools. Someone do something to save our innocent children-please.

    January 18, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sheep Dog

      Last summer I worked in all the big highschools around my town. They had plenty of these in place. The sad thing was the bags did not go though the scanners. They were " searched" why the student went though. And by searched I mean they opened it peaked in for less than a second and then moved on. It was sad what a false sense of security that system is :/

      January 18, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  8. realist

    You guys think if they banned guns this wouldnt happen?? Your kididng urselves. This topic is a double edged sword... You ban guns it may lower the %.. "may", but then people will be defensless if they get robbed or someone breaks into their house (who will have guns most likely if they are banned or not"

    I dont think they should ban guns in whole.. There are already laws in having them... if a kid can get ahold of a gun now... then he can get ahold of one even if they are banned. But obviously that schools security sucks..... hate to say it but maybe schools should hire more gaurds, medal detectors etc...

    Anyways thats my opinion...

    Sad thing... i hope the best for the kids who were injured.

    January 18, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Gradute from Gardena High

    OMG..Sadly this does not surprise me this school was always pretty bad with gang related issues when me and my siblings went there in the 90's.So glad we moved from California..Prayers go out to all the families and students involved.

    January 18, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. JohnMcLaugh

    BAN GUNS!!! DON'T BAN THEM!!! THIS IS WHITE PEOPLE'S FAULT!!! THIS IS BLACK PEOPLE'S FAULT!!! BAN GUNS!!! one hundred mexicans sneak through the border DON'T BAN THEM!!! BAN GUNS!!! haha

    January 18, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  11. LiberalNN

    Well at least it was an accidental shooting this time.

    January 18, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      lol, even though it was an accident, it was not an accident that he decided to bring a loaded gun to school.

      January 18, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Freedom USA

      Oh, go ahead.. Blame Sarah..be a good little lib.

      January 18, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  12. sally

    How about this: we knock down our buildings, start wearing Western clothing, and all carry holsters with powerful
    guns in them. That way, anytime we disagree with someone, hey, we can just shoot 'em!! This country is becoming
    more and more uncivilized every day with idiots like Sarah Palin running around making asinine statements, hate talk being spewed in the media by pigs like Rush Limbaugh who appears to have neither a heart or a soul, and others of
    their kind who have never evolved.

    Conservatives seem to want everything to go backwards, and they are doing their best to make that happen. It's pretty

    January 18, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • PostHoc

      Love the vitriol there, sally.

      January 18, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • TJ

      Feel free to include yourself in the pig and idiot category.

      January 18, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ange

      Sounds like a plan Sally.

      January 18, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  13. PostHoc

    Didn't Barack Obama once say, "They bring a knife, we'll bring a gun?" Obviously the president's inflammatory rhetoric is to blame here.

    January 18, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Michael

    If anything there should be more guns the earth is overpopulated saving more lives will eventually lead to all lives being lost.

    January 18, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  15. bill

    doctors kill more people than guns. maybe we should ban doctors?

    January 18, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • steve

      well let's make a level playing field and make sure that those who handle guns carry malpractice insurance!

      January 18, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
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