Suspect in Gardena High School shooting surrenders; students in classroom safe
A student dressed in black surrendered to police in a dramatic end to a standoff after three fellow students were shot at Gardena High School.
TV footage showed students running out of a classroom where the alleged gunman was hiding. Police then handcuffed the student and took him away.
Some students were being moved to a secure location on campus, which remains on lockdown.
The shooting occurred about 10:30 a.m. on the campus at 1301 W. 182nd St. The alleged gunman apparently pulled the gun out of his backpack. Officials said the gun went off, with one bullet hitting several students, a source told The Times. One student was hit in the head, another in the neck. Their conditions were unknown.
It's unclear whether the gun went off accidentally or whether the student intentionally opened fire.
[Updated at 12:28 p.m.: A school district official said two Gardena High School students were injured when a gun in a student’s backpack accidentally discharged about 10:40 a.m.
One girl was shot in the head, and is in critical condition at a hospital. The other victim, a boy, was wounded in the shoulder. According to Robert Alaniz, an LAUSD spokesman, the gun discharged when a 10th grade boy either dropped or bumped the backpack containing the weapon.]
-- Andrew Blankstein and Sam Allen
Photo: Police talk with a handcuffed youth in front of Gardena High School. Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times