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. RT

    From my (admittedly pro gun control) point of view it seems very straightforward; if the gun had not been in this kid's possession/backpack (i.e. – if the gun had been outlawed and was not attainable), those 2 people would not have been shot. Trying to be open minded here, can someone with the alternate perspective please cohesively explain how the "guns don't shoot people, people shoot people" argument works here?

    Couldn't outlawing handguns (thereby severely curtailing this high school student's access to this gun) have protected those victims (since here it was the gun that actually shot these people)? Frankly, if the answer to this question is "yes," then this simply can't be as black-and-white as 2nd Amendment advocates would like it to be.

    January 18, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Henry

    You've to love it from the country that consider owning a gun as a fundamental right and must be protected at all times but wants to repel the right to have healthcare.

    January 18, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. David

    I guess the old saying "guns don't kill/shoot people, people do" doesn't apply here. I'm sure if a knife discharged it would have caused the same amount of damage.....

    January 18, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. JB!

    Gun Grabbers of America unite! When seconds count the police are just minutes away....

    January 18, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. kim f

    Has anyone asked why the kid thought they needed a gun at school for?

    January 18, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  6. carrie

    The saying 'guns dont kill people.people kill people' is faulty logic...if you got rid of guns youd still have killers but the drive by shootings would stop, the crowded room shootings would stop and the accidental shootings would cease id put money down the murder rate would be cut in half–guns are too easy. a crazy person with a knife in a crowded room does less damage than with a gun. i dont advocate taking away gun rights as guns do deter crime. Just wanted to point out the faulty logic of that broken record saying-gonna shoot myself if i hear it again!

    January 18, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Sean

    This is what happens when you don't spend time mentoring your children, and let the TV raise them instead.

    January 18, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Nobody N. Particular

    First, this is NOT an accident; last time I checked, it is illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to posses a firearm without a parent or guardian present. Also, I believe this would also be considered unlawful concealment, discharge of a firearm within X ft of a resident or business (School falls into this category). Let's not forget the federal law regarding firearms on school campuses (since the University of Texas shooting back in the 60s). This kid is up 5hits creek, without a paddle; and for those of you who see the problem as one with the gun, get a clue. This gun was not being lawfully (or responsibly) maintained, the person who owns the gun should be investigated, and if deemed necessary, charges filed against them. To clear up some questions, yes, guns are designed to kill; but not murder, that requires human intent. There was a time in this country when most people owned guns and used them for survival (hunting and protection). Also keep a sense of proportion, there are currently there approximately 300 million legally owned guns out there, and according to 2008 statistics 10,886 crimes were committed with guns (note, this include crimes where no one is shot), so even if you consider each of these guns legally owned, that would only make the odds of a legal gun used in a crime about 1 in 27558.

    January 18, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jacob

    If we had embraced the second amendment to its full extent, this would not have happened. If every student and teacher were armed do you think this would have happened....

    January 18, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Sensibility

    Yes let's ban guns because that will fix everything. Last I checked there was a ban on drugs but people can still easily get their hands on drugs. We don't need a gun ban, just firearm education for citizens that want to legally own a firearm. Stricter firearm laws or all out bans aren't going to prevent this sort of thing from happening, it'll just make this sort of thing more common.

    January 18, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  11. t-dubya

    IGNORANT ; resulting from or showing lack of knowledge or intelligence

    so what were you saying about "Government uses this as minority population control!"

    again....youre a moron

    January 18, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Caleb

    Charlie its an accident not an extreme columbine style shooting

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

    I long ago gave up on the idea that arguments like these are winable, by either side, ever. Whether its 2nd Amendment rights versus gun control, anti-abortion versus freedom of choice, Arab versus Jew, whatever. The balance of events and fashion may shift from one side to the other from time to time, but none of these issues is resolvable in my or any of your lifetimes. So why waste the effort in endless debate? There are more important, **resolvable** issues to be dealt with, such as the economy, deficits, jobs, hunger, global warming, disease, etc. Let's direct these energies in directions where we have reasonable hopes of accomplishing something good.

    January 18, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Rob

    the student is B L A C K. Other news sources are reporting it. WHY ISN'T CNN DOING THE SAME???

    January 18, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Samuel Adams

    "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."
    Thomas Jefferson

    January 18, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
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