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. Dana

    Why is it that when these horrible things happen we lose focus? Look at yourselves and the things you are saying to eachother..if we all could be more tollerant and respectful of eachother and other's opinions maybe our children would do the same.There will always be mental illness and evil in our society but pushing eachother to the breaking point is why it has gotten out of control. It doesn't take a degree to understand this.

    January 18, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Prepaidlegalguy

      okay, this is my last comment – Very well put Dana, if more people were like you, we would have less problems in the world. That's exactly why I've been making stupid comments all day instead of TRYING to be rude to someone on here that I don't know. I don't know any of you on this forum, but yet a bunch of you people seem to think that saying your comments on here blasting someone is going to hurt their feelings. I'm ready to meet my maker, that's it. I'm done talking God....Well said Dana, well said!

      January 18, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Luke

    Next thing you know, some gun rights idiot will propose that HS teachers be allowed to carry in class!

    January 18, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Someone

      Why not? The should be able to carry guns in order to protect themselves and students. Why do you think that is stupid? Are you being stupid and ignorant?

      January 18, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hugo

      Someone, how would teachers carrying guns help in this case?

      January 18, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  3. rob

    Yer all just a bunch of sheep.

    January 18, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. janet walsh

    Why on earth would anyone bring a loaded gun to school (or anywhere) in a backpack? I'm a gun owner but I understand the power of the weapon and treat it with respect.
    It's true, "guns don't kill people...but they make it REALLY easy to kill people".

    January 18, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • The voice of reason

      Because he's a kid and most kids are stupid! What's the matter you didn't know that?

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

      Maybe if schools or parents taught kids gun safety moronic instances like this could be avoided. Knowledge is power, prohibition just shifts it to the lawless.

      January 18, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sabes

      I don't think you guys know about Gardena. It's home to a lot of gangs.

      The suspect is probably a gang member.

      January 18, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • groovygoober

      HS located in the middle of L.A.

      Go figure....

      January 18, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • ModernEarthling

      @Groovygoober: You're obviously not from LA. Gardena is not "in the middle of LA" Check your online maps. In the middle of LA is Downtown LA. Gardena is in the Southbay area, just north of Torrance.

      January 18, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Prepaidlegalguy

    so my office is down to Arby's and the awesome mexican joint up the street, which one, most votes wins!

    January 18, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • drgonzo

      mexican...mexican!! for gods sake go with mexican!

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


      January 18, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Prepaidlegalguy

      yes, thank you!!!! we're going Mexican, I love there food, most awesomeness cooks in the whole, I love you Mexicans!!!! They got gorgeous women too. GO LAKERS!!!

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

      good choice....goooood choice

      January 18, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Prepaidlegalguy

      btw, the mexican joint we got food from is awesome, thank you for the advice...GO LAKERS!!!! Just saying...

      January 18, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ap

    I dont understand.. Why do americans need guns at all? if they are not so common all around the world, why are they so common in USA?

    January 18, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • drgonzo

      because we're a bunch of violent, ignorant and obese idiots who have no idea how much of a joke we've become to the rest of the industrialized world.

      January 18, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jordan

      The fact is that they are here and no ban will guarantee that they will be 100% removed. If you can guarantee that only the police will have them and no criminals, then I will happily turn all of mine in. Until then, I'll carry to protect myself.

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

      Wait ...what do you mean "the rest of the world"??

      January 18, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mychele

      Because far too many of our men feel inadequate without one- it stands in for the part they think with, which is rarely on their neck.

      January 18, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • groovygoober

      You mean like the assault rifles that all Swiss men get and keep in their house during their years of mandatory service?

      As for why one might need a gun, it's pretty simple really. Since criminals use them, it makes perfect sense to be at least armed with something similar should you have to face one, no?

      I'd prefer not to bring a cellphone to a gun fight.

      January 18, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  7. mike

    ciggerettes killl 425,000 people each year in the U.S and they are legal .. tobacco companys even recieve subsidies from the goverment, alcohol kills 125,000 people each year, i think even perscription drugs kill more people than guns each year..... alll legal.

    January 18, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hugo

      That sort of analysis is flawed. Do you have life expectancy numbers? That would be useful.

      January 18, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Logic

      Cigarettes are consumerables. Thus it's the best method to garner taxes for the government. Alcohol – in the same boat.
      Anything and everything that is a consumer item, staple, is of fair use and has legal status for control and taxation.

      Use some common sense people. The government can not endorse an economy wherein mass manufacturing of guns and bullets will have to take place to sustain that side of an economy. It's a perspective issue, where each and every one of you herein has NOT noticed. Especially those of you who complain about cigarettes and or alcohol being just as deadly. You're being obtuse in your defense of your rights. That's the problem.

      How you justify an economy which promotes the usage of bullets? Do you go out on a picnic and fire off a twelve pack of clips? That's so fun .. right *sarcasm*

      Only you dimwits really want guns because you're invalid to this society.

      January 18, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • groovygoober

      No, it isn't flawed, especially when you consider the blathering lunacy that most libtards spew when you say "gun" and the incredible numbers and BS passed as fact that comes with it.

      More people die every year as the result of a lot of things we take for granted every day than die from guns, but somehow the left wing nutcases just refuse to accept or admit that. of course, facts or truth don't matter when you are sociopathically obssessed with something...

      January 18, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • ouch

      So, have you ever heard of someone being murdered by a cigarette? Or of someone who died because a kid from his school brought a bottle of whiskey to school and accidentally shoved the bottle down his throat? I haven't.

      January 18, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bella10

    It is quite obvious from many of the comments here that alot of you didn't even read the article. No one purposely shot anyone. The gun was in a backpack, the backpack was dropped, the gun went off. Now, having said that, why would a student bring a gun to school in their backpack in the first place? It's not Sarah Palin's fault – can we PLEASE move on from that (not a fan but jeez, give the woman a break)- it's not the gun maker's fault, it's not the school's fault, or the fault of the police. The responsibility lies solely on the shoulders of the person who had the gun in their possession, for whatever reason they had for having it. There are so many lost people in this world who think violence in the only answer, they learn it from an early age so that's all they know. They live in communities where drugs and violence are rampant and no one seems to have the intelligence to break the cycle so it continues. They think that's how life is, they think the only answer if someone disagrees with them is to shoot them, or beat them, or stab them. If, as so many of you are shouting for, guns were outlawed or all guns were removed from the Earth tomorrow, bad guys would still find ways to hurt and kill others.

    January 18, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  9. descarado

    We are all waiting for CNN, Chris Matthews, Keith Olbermann, Paul Krugman, The NYT, ABC, CBS, NBC to work their magic and connect the imaginary dots from this deranged kid to Sarah Palin and conservatives like they did with that whacko assassin Loughner.

    January 18, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hugo

      What are you going to do if that doesn't happen?

      January 18, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  10. delmar

    you should all try reading a BOOK?

    January 18, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Clete

    We need people control!!

    January 18, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Denise

      Excellent point, Clete. Perhaps when people can control themselves, guns could be legal, but until then, I'm not seeing how having guns readily available is effective or acceptable for the community at large. But people control, let's focus on working together as a community, with less vehemence and discord, and see if they yields us all a better world, shall we?

      January 18, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      You are so right! Let's check with other famous people controlling gun-banners->
      Mr. Hitler......Comments? Mr. Stalin???

      January 18, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Josine

    even if guns are banned people are still going to carry them. So there' s really noting anyone can do

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

      Way to highlight giving up as the only option, Josine. I get your point, but if we give up on this because it's too hard, the next thing you know we'll be giving up on many other issues that are equally as deadly. We must persevere and find a reasonable solution that helps everyone and still finds some way to honor the founding fathers missoin (which was so vastly different from today's world that there really is no way to equate it to our current world.) Good luck to us all.

      January 18, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  13. TD40

    All the "gun nuts" can make all the saracstic comments they want. The truth, and the bottom line, is that if guns were not as accessible as they are to most people, this stuff wouldn't happen. People who think that everyone has a right to own a gun don't seem to understand that very few people are 100% responsible with them, nor is there any way for background checks to guarantee someone will be responsible with a gun. Sorry gun proponents, but in this case, a few bad apples *do* spoil the bunch.

    January 18, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • chris

      Really? U think that would solve. At any given time, u can buy a gun. Illegally yes, but if youre going to kill someone, who wants their name tatooed on the gun. All im saying is that even if u ban all guns, they r still easy to get.

      January 18, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • jb

      wow thats the worst logical explanation I have ever read. America needs to stop putting the blame on "things" and make the actual people accountable. Every comment on this article is about gun laws and hardly not one holds the student accountable for his/her actions. america = the dumbest industrialized nation on Earth.

      January 18, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Third3y3

      Not true. Just look at Australia.

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

    wow christine your comments are defiantley racist and I am white!! Just shows you how ignorant some people really are.

    January 18, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Pagliacci

    "Alaniz told the affiliate that a student brought the gun to school in a backpack, and when the student dropped the backpack, the gun discharged and wounded two students."

    See, just another concealed weapon brought to school. For all we know these "wounds" may not even be life threatening. Now don't you all just feel like a silly herd of "nervous nellies"?

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