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Student shot in neck at Gardena High: 'I thought I was going to die'

January 22, 2011 |  7:47 am

One of two students hit by bullet in a Gardena High School classroom is speaking out, saying he thought he was going to die after being hit in the neck.

"I heard a loud boom, and I saw smoke. I thought it could have been a bomb, or an earthquake," Trendell Gholar told KCBS-TV's Pat Harvey in an interview. "All I knew I was down and there was a lot of blood."

"I thought I was going to die. My heart was beating so fast," he said.

Authorities say a gun brought to school by a classmate accidentally went off when the boy put his backpack down. The 17-year-old was charged Thursday with two felonies: possessing a firearm in a school zone and discharging a firearm in a school zone.

A second classmate, shot in the head, remained in critical condition at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center with a skull fracture and brain trauma. A spokeswoman for the hospital said she has been able to respond to basic commands.

Trendell said the gunfire shocked the class, with many students scattering. He said it felt like a long time before help arrived.

"I glanced around and there was this loud boom, and I couldn't move," he told Harvey.

He was released from the hospital on Thursday.


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-- Shelby Grad