Gardena High School was scene of 2002 shooting
Gardena High School has been touched by violence before. In early 2002, two students were seriously wounded in a campus shooting that resulted from a botched robbery.
In that incident, three students confronted a fellow student between classes outside a restroom and demanded money. When the student said he didn’t have any and turned to walk away, he was shot in the back. Another student, a bystander, was also shot. The injured students later recovered.
The shooting lead to a campus lock down that stretched into the night as police combed the school looking for the shooters.
Three students were arrested. Kory Dewayne Corothers, the then-17-year-old student identified as the shooter, was later sentenced to seven years in prison. The other two, considered accomplices in the crime, were given 1-year jail terms.
-- Steve Marble