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School stabbing suspect allegedly triggers bomb scare at hospital

October 1, 2011 |  8:45 am

A bomb scare Friday night at St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood was due to a threat made by a man  who had been arrested on suspicion of stabbing his estranged 17-year-old girlfriend to death at South East High School in South Gate earlier that morning, sheriff's officials said.

The suspect, Abraham Lopez, 18, a senior at the school, claimed during questioning by detectives that he had placed explosives at various locations, including the parking structure of the hospital where the girl was taken after the attack, according to a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department report.

An arson and explosives team was sent to the locations he identified, including the hospital parking structure, and found no suspicious devices, according to the report.

Coroner’s officials have not released the name of the girl who died. Lopez has been charged with murder in her death.

The attack occurred shortly before 11 a.m. as lunchtime was beginning at the high school at 2720 Tweedy Blvd.

According to the report, Lopez began hitting the girl, then fell on top of her and began stabbing her. A student, a school dean and school police officer stepped in to stop the attack. The student and dean were cut and the police officer suffered an injured back, authorities said. All were treated at area hospitals.


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Photo: Los Angeles School Police look at photos from surveillance cameras after a stabbing on the campus of South East High School. Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times