High School Student uses Rifle to Shoot Classmate

Highland High School in Palmdale California

The suspect called his father after the shooting, telling his dad he fired the gun in the air.

Deputies reported to the elementary school but found no victims and no sign of a shooter, Nishida said.

Everyone immediately ran, he said.

The sheriff said the boy is accused of attempted murder. We're not supposed to be like this - we're the United States.

The second location is about 7 miles away from the first one. Police arrived three minutes later.

The boy, who has not been identified, was taken into custody after a 15-year-old boy was shot in the arm with a rifle at Highland High School. It said authorities had said at least one person was hurt in the incident. Los Angeles County Sheriff's officials said they arrested the suspect, also a student, and confiscated the weapon.

Investigators are still trying to determine a specific motive. "A bunch of kids started running out to me, towards me, with very panicked looks on their faces", Alexander said.

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The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is looking into the history of the rifle and who owned the gun. The school is on lockdown, students were told to shelter in place and parents were told to stay away from the area. "This is ridiculous - there's too many school shootings", said parent Tracy Reed, whose son texted her about the shooting at his school.

Ricky Munoz, 23, told CNN he had just dropped his two younger brothers and a friend off at Highland just after 7 a.m.

Deputies said they had secured both locations, and were investigating. She told the Los Angeles Times that he was arrested in a nearby parking lot. "Alexander, turn around, turn around, there's an active shooter.' And I didn't really have time to react to that because nearly immediately after that I heard one single gunshot very loud and very close by".

"I was supposed to be going to school earlier than I was, but was late", she said.

Police respond to a possible incident at Highland High School in California.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.

"I thought he was joking, and I'm like, 'Don't mess around, that's not amusing, '" said mother Ana Salazar. I heard it at the other side of the school. "Thankfully we only had one child that was shot".

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