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. lol

    lol it happened in california I guess that californian gun control really helps.

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

    I bet the killer drank water too, god damned water drinkers.

    January 18, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. mike

    i hope that arizona shooter goes to a real prison not a federal one, hes gonna get !@#$ed up for killing that little girl, thats really frowned upon in prison. i think that would be worse than the death penalty.

    January 18, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Asia Rockstar

    It's proven once again, states with the highest number of guns per capita, have the highest rates of gun related casualties. Guns don't kill, people kill.

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

      100% incorrect. Please stop spouting useless lies.

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

      Really, Aaron? Take a look at these statistics:

      The US has the highest per capita gun ownership in the world, with 90 guns per every 100 citizens – http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSL2834893820070828.

      The US has the highest death rate by firearms of the western, industrialized world (ranking 8th total worldwide) – http://www.nationmaster.com/graph/cri_mur_wit_fir_percap-crime-murders-firearms-per-capita.

      I don't see how the data could be more clear – more guns = more deaths.

      January 18, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jen

    This makes the second article I've read this afternoon about a fatal shooting involving children, both right on the heels of the Tucson tragedy. I am at a loss to explain why so many Americans continue to argue against stricter gun laws. Our country obviously has a huge problem, and yes, it goes deeper than just gun ownership, but reducing access to guns is by far the most direct way to address the problem. Of course we also need to figure out the deeper issues affecting our society and address the underlying causes of the violence, but that is a LONG process. In the meantime, it only makes sense to limit the means of the violence. Yes, I know, the pro-gun supporters are going to trot out the old "the gun is just the tool, the person is the killer" excuse, but that is not a valid argument. They would have you believe that without guns these people would be storming into schools wielding baseball bats or kitchen knives, and committing mass murder that way. Yes, you could hurt someone with just about any object, but you can't kill 6, or 14, or 32 people by swinging a bat or using a knife. Furthermore, a gun provides a psychological distance to the crime (the assailant does not have to get too close to his victims), making it easier to inflict mass casualties. When is the rest of America going to get tired of all of the killing?

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

      Very well said. Thank you.

      January 18, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      The guns in the shootings were not used lawfully in the first place. Or obtained lawfully. What would more laws accomplish? How about you blame the person.

      January 18, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jen

      Actually, the gun used in the Tucson shootings was obtained completely legally. The gun used in the other article I referred to was also purchased legally – it was a birthday gift to a 14-year-old boy from his dad. The boy used the gun several months later to shoot his dad and two other relatives. This article doesn't say whether the gun was legally purchased or not, but I would wager that it was legally owned by the student's parents. You are correct that the ultimate blame lies with the person, but that does nothing to solve the problem. We have no control over what other people do; we do have control over how many guns are floating around in our society. This seems so simple; why is there so much resistance?

      January 18, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      You only show I am right. The kid with the gun in his backpack did not legally obtain the gun. His parents may have but it was not his in the first place and he was breaking the law having it in his backpack. The kid who was given a gun at 14 was also not given it legally.

      My point is that in every shooting case here there were many laws broken before the gun was even discharged. What could more laws hope to get done? The only law that would have any impact would be a complete ban and that would not get the guns out of the hands of violent criminals.

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

      On that note. How do you figure you have control over the number of guns out there? Has making anything at all illegal ever had any real effect on its availability? Nope. How about you abandon your illusion and need for control. This is not a problem you can fix with an attempt to control people. You acknowledge that the real problem is the person but because you have no control over that person you seek instead to make some other change. Even though you know it is not the true cause. That sounds like the worst kind of best intentions. Stay focused on the true cause and dont get distracted by attractive quick fixes. they do not work.

      January 18, 2011 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Lisa Niebels

    Very sad if there was a simple solution we would implement it. We can only continue to go forward with the conversation in a calm respectful way and pray that this type of situation will become a thing of the past. May all impacted by this tragic shooting find healing in the knowledge that we all want this chaos to stop.

    January 18, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  7. windrider2

    Quick! Everyone go out and buy more guns and ammo. As we all know, the only solution to gun violence in America is more guns. So get busy, get shopping!

    January 18, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Christian

    Great, now CNN can plaster the "alleged" shooter's picture all over the place, have tons of articles about his background, and inspire other lonely deranged people to seek the instant fame that being a shooter brings in today's society! More fodder for the news, and more reasons to limit and curtail our first and second amendment rights! Go 24-hour news networks! Nancy Grace can score a few more viewers with this one!

    January 18, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  9. johncc

    These responses to each other make me wonder how you would all act right now, in a room together....armed.

    January 18, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • youdummy

      OMG I'm getting out of this room!

      January 18, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ochola kennedy

    omi God this is seriou

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

    Very sad if there was a simple solution we would implement it. We can only continue to go forward with the conversation in a calm respectful way and pray that this type of situation will become a thing of the past. May all impacted by this tragic shooting find healing in the knowledge that although there are many thoughts about solutions we all want this chaos to stop.

    January 18, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  12. lefty avenger

    Looks like this brand new era of civility and peace lasted a week.

    January 18, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Huh

    Same thing happened two years ago at a school in my city. The only national news that bothered to cover the story then was our friend Faux News.

    January 18, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Nitrous

    Maybe if the people who got shot had guns, they would have been able to take it out in the parkin' lot like in the olden days at the O.K. Corral. Oh wait I'm sorry – we're supposed to be more civilized than we were then. We have regressed thanks to the nra, palin, tea baggers and rnc. Notice how I didn't capitalize...

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

    White people use guns to shoot students and politicians.
    Black people use guns to shoot drug dealers.
    Patriots use guns to shoot people violating their rights.
    "Don't Tread On Me"

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

      " A tool you are" – Yoda

      January 18, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
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