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. Sharkbait727

    While it's impossible to know the cause this early, mental illness and bullying seem to account for a large part of these tragedies. I wish we'd stop bickering over teacher pay or efficiency and devote serious resources towards youth both in school and at home. I think I'd sleep better at night know we had that rather than 5-10 more stealth fighters.

    January 18, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Martha

    Hmm, now how is THIS going to be blamed on the Tea Party?

    January 18, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • JT

      troll less please

      January 18, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Meg Ulmes

      Why would anyone blame the Tea Party? We don't even know anything except that there was a school shooting. It's a sad event–not a reason for anger, sarcasm and finger pointing. Haven't we learned anything in the past week or so?

      January 18, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • I'm Da King

      Stop being a dick!

      January 18, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. baseball nerd #33

    all i high school kid needs is a gun and a enemy and this happends ....

    January 18, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. PK

    Hey, Charlie, look up sarcasm

    January 18, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Big B

    Hey charlie! Kids don't need guns???? Tell that to the 3 that got shot today.

    January 18, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • OldArmyVet

      The would have been able to defend themselves? They'd not have reacted in time.

      Please see my other post about circular firefights.

      January 18, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mr. Davidson

    Looks like Bama got a whole lot more explaining to do.

    January 18, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ronald Raygun

      because that kind of thing is his fault huh

      January 18, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Sevinthseal

    @Main Event: "blow the story up"? The entire story is two freaking sentences. What are you used to reading? Spot Goes to the Farm? Runaway Bunny? Fox News??

    January 18, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Margie

    As Chris Rock said, if we're going to let guns on the street, we should at least charge $5000 per bullet. Everyone would think twice about how many people they shoot.

    Such a tragedy. My heart goes out to the victims and their families.

    January 18, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Give up your rights!

      Maybe we should charge $5,000.00 for a can of beer or $5,000.00 for a gallon of gas to prevent drunk drivers or bad drivers...
      Come on people giving up your rights only leads to loosing more rights in the future. The need is in identification of the problems before they explode. Mental health bill.

      Oh by the way, Charlie, the first part of this sentence is sarcasm .


      January 18, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • OldArmyVet

      @Give up your rights!

      "Mental Health Bill"? What. You have to get a psychiatric evaluation before you purchase? You have to show some pimply-faced-youth (PFY) behind a counter a private medical record?

      Who decides which mental illnesses are dangerous? What degree?

      Mental health evaluations before buying or driving a car?

      January 18, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Give up your rights!

      Old Army Vet,
      I'm talking about identifying and helping the people that need it instead of cuting funding and turning these people out into the streets to fend for themselves and being allowed to make bad decisions. I'm not saying give everyone a psych test before you can excercise your rights. I'm saying fund the hospitals and mental health clinics that are the first to loose their funding when our country goes into a recession.

      January 18, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jade

    One could argue that a Moron would be someone calling someone else as such when they can't recognize sarcasm .

    January 18, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. phillip

    Uh,....you guys DO realize your country is going to hell, right?

    January 18, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Meg Ulmes

      From a number of these posts I'd have to agree that many of us don't see to be too skilled at seeing the importance of what we need to do to make this country better for all of us.

      January 18, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Elizabeth

    I hope that you all grow up and look beyond what you hear second hand. Excuse me but @THThrite you should never be allowed to have children or be around them for that matter. This is a a tragic event touching thousands of people and your comments are ignorant and unnecessary.
    @RGR actually if you take the time to look over the research you would notice that there is little to no data that shows a correlation between violent videogames and violent acts. People who act out violently tend to have thise tendencys long before they pick up an xbox controler. Besides I would be more concerned that parents parents by these games for underaged kids and don't monitor them.

    January 18, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  12. mattee88

    Let's take all the guns off the streets LOL I'm sure all of the criminals will walk theirs right to the local PD and turn theirs in. Anti-Gun MORONS!!!!

    January 18, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  13. robyn castrop

    wow people why are you picking @ each other when the real problem is that @ least 3 children were shot & may DIE. Where is your compassion?

    January 18, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Me

      mustve left it in my other pants. i cant seem to keep track of it. darn

      January 18, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  14. zz

    Margot707 = Liberal who hasn't been mugged yet

    January 18, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  15. tet1953

    I am 58. Does anybody over, say, 40 remember school shootings? I just never heard of such a thing in my school days.

    January 18, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • OldArmyVet

      Stabbings, yes. Beatings, yes.

      Shootings, no.


      January 18, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • JimBo

      Does University of Texas, Aug 1, 1966 ring a bell? Charles Whitman killed 16 and wounded 32.

      January 18, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • christine

      I am up there in age. We didn't hear about it because this technology today was not developed like it is now. No Computers, no cell phones. Only newspapers and radio. If it didn't happen in your city, you didn't hear about it.

      January 18, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • OldArmyVet

      Christine is right.

      It happened. It generally just didn't make the front page of national news unless is was a guy with a rifle in a tower.

      January 18, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
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