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Several schools on lockdown in wake of shooting near El Camino Real High [Updated]

School-shooting.2.BRV Several other schools around El Camino High School in Woodland Hills are on lockdown as police search for a gunman who shot a school district police officer.

In addition to the high school, Welby Way Elementary School, Woodlake Elementary School and Hale Middle School are all locked down, said Gayle Pollard-Terry, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Unified School District.

[Updated at 1:22 p.m.:Miguel Leonis Continuation School also was on lockdown.]

[Updated at 1:37 p.m.:Other schools on lockdown are Calabash Elementary School, Pomelo Elementary School, Lockhurst Elementary School and Haynes Elementary School, district officials said.]

[Updated at 2:38 p.m.:Two schools, Calabash and Pomelo, will lift their lockdowns and dismiss students at the normal time. The other seven schools will remain on lockdown for a while, a district official said.]

A lockdown typically means students and staff members are not allowed to leave or enter the campus.

In addition, the Valley Circle Boulevard offramp from the westbound 101 Freeway is closed, said CHP Sgt. Denise Joslin.

An LAUSD police officer was shot in the chest at 11:45 a.m. just outside El Camino Real High School by an assailant who fled the scene. The officer is being treated at Northridge Hospital Medical Center.


Officers search for gunman near El Camino Real High School

LAUSD police officer shot near El Camino Real High School

-- Jason Song

Photo: A Los Angeles school police officer mans a roadblock at Fallbrook Avenue and Oxnard Street near El Camino Real High School in Woodland Hills on Wednesday afternoon after the shooting of a fellow officer earlier in the day. Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

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It's not a gun control problem.
It's a moral crisis that is affecting America today. LIBS and the ACLU want to keep God out of our society, then we wind up having no moral compass or direction in society and incidents like these happen.

Stuck in El Camino's library still cause of lock down.

Praying for the officer...and his family. Praying also for the misguided idiot that feels carrying and using a gun has anything to do with protection, defense or resolution. And God forgive the village that continues to allow those idiots for escaping.
When are we going to really do something as a community to make a difference for ourselves, our children, and those that feel so "out there" that it resorts into violence?
We have the know-how and the fortitude to make lives better and yet, here we are again, resorting to prayer for an "after the fact" that I'm certain many had knowledge of prior to the violence.
Can we bring family to our "outside the home" lives? It's not so hard! Sharing a smile, allowing a driver in traffic, thanking the person who holds the door for you, showing kindness to the "weird kid" in school...SMALL THINGS that are powerful enough to stop a bullet.
Come on people....pray with me now. But next time, think to yourself of all the things, thoughts and actions you could have done to make a difference in someone's life and stopped the bullet.

Wow...I thought that El Camino Real was a safe school. I blame it on the parents, I tell ya! I'm glad I graduated before danger struck. Missed me by 6 years.

Boy writes a letter to God. "Dear God, why do you let bad things happen in our schools?" God replied " Dear Son, I'm not allowed in your schools"

I am a studenet from el camino and i am so bored and hungry and hopefully they will catch this guys soon!!!!!!!

This is pretty ridiculous! I was in school when a friend notified me about the shooting at ElCo ( El camino ). Our society needs to quit with the childish behavior and start loving one another rather then hurting each other. Not only did the suspect harm a innocent officer , they also put many kids in harm
Way because of their stupid decision. I hope the officer will be okay and I hope they catch the suspect asap before he goes onto another rampage. Thank goodness none of the kids got hurt. This is really sad!!!

Hey this is a student in El Camino Real high school. The school has given news that we have been well fed and other lies, when actually we've been locked in our classes not able to come out since 11:30 today. To go to the bathroom the teacher gave us a bucket for everyone. We have had no food and nothing to drink. We want to get out of here. What looks like the SWAT team came in to check on us but they only yelled at us asked if anything was out of the ordinary then shut the door. No further contact has been made with them in this class.

So far, I haven't read that the police officer was shot by a student. Has that been confirmed?
If only we had God in schools, everything would be morally centered? I'm an athiest and I know its wrong to shoot someone. How many times has God told someone to kill others? By God, I'm assuming you mean a 'Christian' God. Buddhists are just as peace-loving as 'Christians' claim to be. Suggesting public schools ought to incorporate God, is just as desperate and ill-considered as a hail mary pass. You haven't got a real clue as to why this is really happening.

This has nothing to do about God. It has nothing to do with liberals. You can have morals without God coming anywhere near a SECULAR INSTITUTION. It is offensive to the many people who do not believe in your God (or any gods at all for that matter) to say that they who do not believe have no moral compass.
I am, however, wondering where the recent stream of people engaging in shootings is coming from. They seem to be all over the map and from all walks of life.

Debra writes:

"Boy writes a letter to God. 'Dear God, why do you let bad things happen in our schools?' God replied ' Dear Son, I'm not allowed in your schools'"

So what's his excuse for what happens to the kids in his churches?

I really only have one question, didn't this LAUSD police officer have a weapon? I mean seriously, what is the use of any kind of police officer if he cannot even defend himself from someone who is armed. I see security people at the library and in front of schools. They usually have handcuffs and a baton, but nothing to stop a person like this or a potential terrorist.

You people need to realize this is real life , shootings and killings happen every where not just the ghetto and its not always the parents fault , I went to El Camino in 94 and a gun was found on campus and it was a good kid with great grades , this is life and we need to live are life like its are last day and tell are loved ones we love them everyday because you never know what will happen.

To the students / teachers: I am glad I have not heard of any injury / loss on your part - please bare with the security measures until they're rescinded, and my wishes for your best.

To the commenters:

A man gets shot in the chest, is transported to a hospital for treatment, and a shooter gets away.

This is tragic, and there are plenty of other similar incidents happening - and yet half of the comments on this are propaganda for or against religion.

For shame.


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