Two students at Gardena High School in southern California were shot this morning, when a gun concealed by a third student accidentally discharged, according to an official with the Los Angeles Unified School District.
We have it from people on the ground, including the principal, that around 10:48 a.m., a student who had brought a firearm onto campus concealed in his backpack dropped the backpack, causing the gun to go off and strike two students, said Robert Alaniz, director of communications for LAUSD.
Alaniz said the two injured students have been taken to an area hospital. He did not know their conditions.
The student who brought the gun on campus ran away, Alaniz said. Police were contacted and soon apprehended the student, whio is now in custody and being held at the LAPD's Harbor Division.
Alaniz said police from the Gardena PD, the LAPD and the LAUSD Police responded to the incident.
The school, which has about 2,600 students, went on lockdown and remains so, prior to an early dismissal, Alaniz said.
Conflicting reports arose as news of the shooting broke regarding the school in this Los Angeles County town of 57,000, situated south of the city of Los Angeles.
Media outlets have reported both two students and three students as shooting victims. At least one is a girl and one a boy, reports said.
Local television cameras filmed police with a young man in custody believed to be the shooter.
Some media reports say police know the name of the suspect but have not yet released it.