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Principal fatally shot at elementary school; janitor in custody [Updated]

February 2, 2011 |  3:14 pm

The principal of a school in the Northern California city of Placerville was fatally shot on campus Wednesday, and authorities have arrested a school janitor in the case.

No students at Louisiana Schnell School were hurt, according to an official with the Placerville Union School District who did not want to be identified because she was not authorized to talk to the media.

At a news conference carried on Fox 40, officials said the suspect, John Luebbers, was taken into custody at his home. Placerville is about 45 miles east of Sacramento.


Students safe after shooting at school in Placerville

-- Kate Linthicum

Photo: A crowd gathers outside Louisiana Schnell School. Credit: Fox 40 San Diego

[Updated: This post corrects the name of the school.]



Fox 40 Sacramento quoted law enforcement officials as saying the principal, Sam LaCara, got into an argument with the gunman before the shooting occurred. La Cara was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.