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. deana

    Unbelievable!!!!!!!!! what's even scaryier, the kids-teenagers and young adults of today are this world's future! Show your face soon! May GOD bless us all!

    January 18, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  2. joy

    A woman recently killed her husband with a frozen orange.(no joke!) should we ban all oranges now? People will kill with whatever means they can find when they are set on it. Banning guns will only put more of them in the hands of criminals. Law abiding citizens are not the ones commiting these crimes!

    January 18, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Webspy

      When an orange kills one person and guns kill millions why do you feel the need to rationalise and justify children dieing in the thousands by simple accident,, I'm sure some kid choked on an orange so you can use that to justify all teen suicide!

      January 18, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • nora ruggles

      Boy, good aim with the orange juice. Now down to my pistol. I can sit it on a post for hours, but if i put it in my hand, take it off safety, aim it. I pull the trigger. My children grew up around guns, had no interest in them. Can not take our guns! People who really want them have the way to get them, I don't live in an area where it is high crime but enough for me.

      January 20, 2011 at 5:19 am | Report abuse |
    • nora ruggles

      Are you serious! I'm sure all of us men and women will keep frozen juice, come at me where i can see you. Yup! heading for the store to buy 25 frozen juices for target practice to get my aim straight. Oh, there is my pistol all alone. Need to put my husband in the truck, need help. Too many juice cans.

      January 20, 2011 at 5:37 am | Report abuse |
  3. Webspy

    Hey yah hope every one doing well. I been saying this for awhile, The second amendment does not need to be amended as all or nothing, here is a solution that meets the hunters needs, the home owners needs, and societal needs, control ammunition. Give lets say 10 bullets when your done with them get another 10. HUNTERS If you can't take a bear down in 10 shots you should be dinner! HOMEOWNERS If more then 10 people Storm your house that's not a home invasion that's a government being overthrown! SOCIETY mental illness, crack heads, the poor and desperate, may take violent action but showing up like Jared with a 100 BULLETS just wrong and any fair minded person will say the same thing!!! even that little change may spear children in the future, God Bless my heart is with you this day!

    January 18, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Webspy

      Yes they may make their own, but they may also not want to be a gun smith and blow their hands off, as Chris rock said make a bullet cost 500 dollars bet their will be no more random drive by !

      January 18, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • yeti37

      @webspy

      your suggestion would only make for snipers.

      January 18, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      And how is a person supposed to practice to insure that they can continue to hit something if they need to. A person needs to practice in order to maintain their shooting skills.

      January 18, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Webspy

      Wow that's the best u got lol well they could practice with paint balls for all I care lol

      ok will spell it out they use up their ammo and next week get another 10 practice some more, no you say they want to practice every night,,,to bad for them 10 bullets per week ratio so children wont die as much,,,

      I know its inconvenient to be a sniper and its very comfortable to do drive buys and kill well any one in particular, doesn't matter who its only gang initiation this week!!!

      January 18, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Grafixer

    Why are high school kids taking guns into their schools? It won't be long before all public buildings will require people to go through a security check-point – just like the airports. This is ridiculous. How does a gun go off by itself in a backpack? Would have to have been loaded, the safety off, one in the chamber, and ready to fire. Makes no sense. If only one shot was fired, I guess it is possible it was an accident. But, if the two victims were shot with different bullets... well... it was no accident. What is the matter with people? Good grief. I hope the kids are OK and that their injuries are not too serious.

    January 18, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mother by day enforcer by trade

    Enough already with the excuses yes this is a kid who was doing grown up things it doesn't matter what his intentions were the bottom line is two kids went to school and his ignorance is the reason they are in a hospital fighting for their lives. I don't think that guns reduce or increase crime it is the users and if you keep a gun in the home the kids no matter what should know better not to touch it!! So whatever is this young mans fate is of his own choosing.

    January 18, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Williamette

    The disscussion should be what should we do to provent this from happening again.
    What actions do we take.
    What laws do we inact.

    January 18, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. LostHope

    Odd. California has such strict gun laws. How could this happen?

    January 18, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jason

    Gardena is a rough non affluent very diverse area in Los Angeles.......So I am not suprised a kid had a weapon......these days you DEF. CAN NOT rely on the LAPD to help a young black, hispanic or asian kid......kids get scared easily and when kids get scared they try to protect themselves.

    January 18, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • GHSgraduate

      AGREED!

      The news is barely releasing details about the 2002 shooting, which was the result of a botched robbery. The school was locked down until 10pm. In 2000, there was a bomb threat that resulted in a lockdown during class for several hours. Every semester, there were serious race riots. Did we ever feel safe? NO.

      I am a GHS alumni and I was more surprised by the fact that the shooting was accidental ... many students were armed with weapons when I attended.

      January 18, 2011 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  9. right

    Oh, and one of the reasons there aren't as many gun tragedies in Canada as the US is because smoking (not tobacco) is not as prohibited. Prohibition never works, guys. Never has. Not with anything. Just amplifies crime. Fact.

    January 18, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Tam

    Yes, we need more guns, fewer laws - this is what we get. Sure we need them guns, all over!

    January 18, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jacquelyne

    How very sad. So here is what I think should be done. Obviously the student that brought the gun to school is moved to an alternative school. But now he must also pay for his damages. When that boy is an adult, making a living, he will have to pay for the care given or the continued care necessary for the rest of his life to the individuals whose lives he marked with his stupid action. He must pay for his mistake. And please do not bore me with "he's just a kid". That excuse doesn't mean anything.

    January 18, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  12. confused

    Maybe the problem is that guns are legal in this country......people can't die from a gunshot wound, if there isn't a gun to shoot.

    January 18, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aaron27

      Yeah, it's a good thing we made pot illegal so long ago. Now nobody gets high. Can you imagine some kid trying to go to school high? Good thing we banned it and made it disappear through the magic of legislation.

      January 18, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anyone

      And I presume you have a good way of getting those guns away from all those gang bangers. I'm sure everyone with a gun (legal or not) wil be running to turn them in.

      January 18, 2011 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Dave1949

    I think we should hand out protective vests at schools for those that want them. Then give them a handgun for even more protection. Simply hang a sign in front of school. Danger-guns-take over a classroom at your own risk. You could do the same at public meetings with a simple sign. Beware-we want to make your day.

    January 18, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  14. juju

    Why did this kid bring a gun to school?

    January 18, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • A.J.L.

      That's what I want to know, too.

      January 18, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Randall

    Guns in America= Killings in America..and on and on and on.....

    January 18, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aaron27

      What about Mexico?

      January 18, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
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