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. righteous-in-Christ

    TO ALL THE DUMB RACISTS BASHING MEXICANS ON THIS CRIME....READ UP ON THIS:

    Gardena police Lt. Steve Prendergast said the alleged gunman - a black male wearing black clothing - is believed to be a student.

    January 18, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bill

    doctors kill more people than guns. maybe we should ban doctors. mj would be alive today.

    January 18, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. smitty

    lets see they bake sales at schools to help off set costs, why not a melt down sale. A melt down is were they collect all the guns ,melt them down and sell them back to the public so they can off set cost and save lives at the same time

    January 18, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Thomas Jefferson

    "Laws that forbid the carrying of arms ... disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes ... Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man."

    January 18, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Ruth

    People forget that "the right to bear arms" meant the right to carry those slow-loading, hard-to-aim muskets that gave the victim and the shooter plenty of time to change plans.

    January 18, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Logic

      It's exactly the issue.

      Today's modern guns and weaponry are lightweight, portable, easy to take apart/put back together and fast and efficient.
      Too efficient and too light!

      I'll be glad when the world runs out of oil. No more cute cuddly handgrips, no more lightweight material plastics. All your guns will go back to solid pieces of metals (aluminum) and wood. Then you'll start to realize that your problem was the guns. Since not many of you will be carrying them so afterward.

      January 18, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Samuel Adams

      I have a Glock that will last forever. I will be able to protect my family and myself from more that just one person if need be.

      January 18, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thomas Jefferson

      "A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercise, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball and others of that nature are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind.  Let your gun therefore be the constant companion of your walks."
      Thomas Jefferson's advice to his 15 year-old nephew Peter Carr 1785

      January 18, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. sfitz

    The problem is not with the gun itself. It is with the irresponsible people who missuse the gun. Parents are not practicing proper gun saftey by leaving the gun accesable to children. Guns should be kept out of sight of children. If a child is in the house it should have a trigger lock on it and placed in a lock box with the key out of reach of children.

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

      Dont be to quick to blame his parents. In LA you can buy a handgun on most street corners. Everyone wants to talk about gun control after something like this happens, but you would need to have better accountability from the gun makers, then get them off the streets before you could confence someone like me to give mine up.

      As long as the criminals have better weapons then the Police, I will continue to own them...

      January 18, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Madisonian

      It's also the gun. Gun advocates like to pretend that without a gun, accidents and tragedies like this would not be any different, less lethal, or less dangerous. It's ludicrous. Guns may not kill when they are safely unloaded in a drawer, but they claim literally tens of thousands of lives in the US alone every year. To say that this tragedy is not at all the fault of the gun is to argue that the tragedy would have occured had a gun not been present. It's patently foolish to make such a claim. You can blame parents (And you should) and you can blame the people who are irresponsible (and you should), but you should also blame the object that was designed to kill (and you should). People like to imagine that guns are as safe as a box of kittens so long as everything goes according to plan.

      January 18, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Puzzeled

      How do you blame an object???
      I suppose you blame cars for auto accidents???

      HUMAN ERROR plan and simple. Anything you operate and lose respect for will cause harm to something or someone.

      I do not believe that owning a gun makes me safer, but it does make the playing field more even..

      January 18, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Wallace Law

    On average per year 800 people in America get shot and die from gun shots. There are 15,000 to 16,000 people who get shot and live each year. If you look at the percentage of people who die to total number of Americans (350 million 2010 census) it works out to be .00000229% and .00004571% for all shottings. Small numbers. Most of those shottings are from ilegal guns, so logic says that if we post new gun laws that reduce the amount of legal owners that carry that those numbers of shottings will not go down because the ones that carry illegally will continue to carry ilegally thus will continue to use them against each other and innocent people that can't defend themselves because the laws will become to complex and very difficult meet.

    January 18, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill R in Oakland

      Wallace,

      Not sure where you got the number of 800 from. Maybe it refers to *accidental* deaths.

      In 2007, there were about 31,000 deaths from gun violence in the U.S. (all causes, including homicide, suicide, and accidental).

      January 18, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • marc carlson

      what is a shotting?

      January 18, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • robert, salinas ca

      Your numbers are all wrong, check murder numbers in
      Los Angeles and New Orleans. Those two cities alone blow your numbers away. Plus, most guns used are legal, and if not were legal at one time.

      January 18, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dempsy

      Where are you getting your numbers?

      – From the Bureau of Justice Statistics –

      In 2005, 11,346 persons were killed by firearm violence and 477,040 persons were victims of a crime committed with a firearm. Most murders in the United States are committed with firearms, especially handguns.

      In 2006, firearms were used in 68 percent of murders, 42 percent of robbery offenses and 22 percent of aggravated assaults nationwide.

      Your number represents a bad year in Chicago.

      January 18, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jordu

      You failed to mention that 3 to 5 people in the USA die annually from abysmally poor spelling.

      January 18, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • meh

      marc carlson is an idiot. everyone else knew what you meant.

      January 18, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • PETE

      i'll bet those teeny tiny little percentages don't seem so insignificant to those who have to bury them. any stats on how many big tough guys actually successfully defend themselves every year?

      January 18, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Pointless1

    OLD WEST RULES... pass a gun safety course and when your 16 you can get a permit to strap one to your hip. If everyone including the HONEST were packing heat, you would think twice doing anything wrong..

    January 18, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wild Bill

      The wild west was 100 years ago, most "gunfighters" though armed got shot the back. The first thing when the law arrived in town was to disarm the residents for there own good its called civilisation.

      January 18, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      Name just one instance in the old west (or any time and place, other then during the civil war & reconstruction) where the Government disarmed a town or city. (hint- it *never* happened)

      January 18, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • OldArmyVet

      That's working out pretty well in Afghanistan.

      January 18, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pharris

      Kevin – many, MANY 'old west towns' has gun restrictions imposed on them by the law. Wyatt Earp was one law man well known for disarming the public. Heres a quote from his wikipedia entry –

      "Earp's Colt six-shooter with a 12-inch barrel. Earp was described by Lake as using this weapon to pistol-whip and disarm cowboys who resisted town ordinances against carrying of firearms. "

      January 18, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wild Bill

      Whoa Kevin holster that big shiny boy, nobody is going to take you little pistol away, unfortuately. Just keep on dreaming about everyone with guns: freedom = a gun, democracy = an automatic gun.

      January 18, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • AD

      OldArmyVet, will you please shut the hell up. I've read 5 posts where you've used Afghanistan as some sort of a reason to why we shouldn't have guns here, Afghanistan is a war zone, the US isn't. Just in case you didn't know, our military uses guns as well. I'm all for respecting your right to not purchase or use weapons, I just want the same respect from you, the right to bear arms if I choose to.

      January 18, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  9. IamWhatIam

    Accidental? Seriously.... I understand that the victims were not shot intentionally, but bringing a gun to school is not really an "accident". Some kid intentionally packed it into his/her backpack and brought it to school. To make it sound like this was just an oopsie, minimizes the seriousness of this event. The kid didn't even have the smarts to have the safety engaged. If we are going to let anyone with an IQ over 60 get their hands on a gun, well, here you have it. When will these kids learn a gun doesn't make you a man? When society quits reinforcing that stereotype.

    January 18, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • R A Williams

      Brilliantly said. The gun did not fall from the sky, nor was it the fruit of a wild pistol plant growing between the cracks in the sidewalk. The bullet was not spontaneously created from old cottage cheese being left too long in the fridge, and it didn't get into the chamber of the gun via osmosis, magnetic attraction, or some kind of chemical reaction. Likewise, the gun did not fall into the backpack nor was it placed there by the family dog. The backpack did not follow the child to school. Maybe the pulling of the trigger was accidental but there were plenty of forks in the road.

      January 18, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Allen

      Accidental in the sense that even if this person brought the gun to school.. it would be hard to say he meant for the gun to discharge and hit the children who were actually hit. Murderous intent is not a crime. no hand was even on the trigger it seems.

      January 18, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Gandalla

    Another tea bagger acting out the only wu they know how to, with violence

    January 18, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • melton

      Your right! This guy was aright wing teabagging homic hater just like all of them who want violence!

      January 18, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sydney Australia

      Nay.........stupid progressive who didn't know what a safety is.

      January 18, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Cdub

    wow people....you think that if we ban guns the people that want to go kill a bunch of innocent civilians just will throw their hands up and say "i give up." no they'll just either find one anyways or come up with some other way. allow people to own weapons under the same laws (backround check, etc.) so that the people that just want to protect themselves and others can. punish those who violate the laws and/ or use their weapons to attack others. if their were more people armed in that mass murder in arizona that were able to react, that crazy SOB would be dead instead of wasting my tax money on a trial and a free prison stay.

    January 18, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • star555

      I do not think guns should be banned, but laws need to be passed for more responsibility. Unless your weapon is stolen with a safety on it, you are responsible for what happens with it. Sorry

      January 18, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • PETE

      yeah, i'm sure the outcome would have been a lot better if 6 or 8 other people would have been shooting in tuscon. then the cops arrive and can't tell which gunman is the real idiot, so they just shoot everyone with a gun. let's just all start shootin' and the world will be a much happier and safer place.

      January 18, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Sydney Australia

    If this teenager ignored a ban on brining guns into the school, why do you think people will honor a ban on guns.
    Guns were originally made by a person, not a factory, not the magical rambo-fairy. A person can make a gun, all you need is a milling machine, a lathe and the raw material. Same for bullets, clips. People can and do make these things.

    And what? you expect everyone to honor the ban and not bring guns into the US?
    If you can not rely on people to honor the ban on guns at a school how /why do you think people will honor a ban on guns in the US?

    January 18, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Rambo

    A kid got hold of on a firearm, put the safety off and brought it to school.

    Could have happened to anyone, nothing to worry about.

    January 18, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  14. adam recht

    blah blah blah... yes take away the evil guns and it will fix the world lmfao. what morons. apparently these people dont watch or read anything else but gun violence stories. or they would clearly see that guns are not the only thing out there that kills people and that guns are not the only thing people use to kill eachother. if guns disapeared people would just find more creative ways to kill eachother, sounds like fun... PEOPLE ARE THE PROBLEM. guns are slaves not masters. like any other tool

    January 18, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Trainbrain

    somebody shot oooh no a white woman is crying her heart out .O couldn't believe it happened in my white neigborhood.

    January 18, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
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