Authorities are responding to gunshots fired at Highland High School in Palmdale, California. This is the latest information on the situation.
Here’s What’s Going on at Highland High
Reports of an armed gunman being spotted at Highland High School began to filter into various news outlets and emergency services at approximately 7:05 a.m. local time on May 11, followed very closely by stories of shots being fired.
Never in a million years did i think there would be an active shooter at my highschool. Please pray for the thousands of students at Highland High right now. I’m in disbelief
— They call me Chev (@WhyChev) May 11, 2018
Highland High School is located in Palmdale, California, which is approximately 40 miles north of Los Angeles.
The L.A. County Sheriff’s Department and the Palmdale Fire Department both responded quickly in order to contain the shooter. Medical services were ready for any possibly injured students. In response to the potential threat, at least three other nearby schools —David G. Millen Intermediate, Cottonwood Elementary, and Ocotillo Elementary— went into lockdown.
It was then reported that one male student was shot in the arm. The victim’s name has not been released but reports say he is 14 years old and is in stable condition at the hospital.
The Sheriff’s Department has detained a male suspect, who is reportedly also a 14-year-old student. According to CNN, the suspect was apprehended at nearby grocery store.
The 14-year-old suspect reportedly fired shots in the school’s library around 7:00 a.m. Police have recovered the weapon, reportedly a rifle, which according to the Sheriff’s Department was found in a desert area off campus.
There is no confirmation on motive and it is not clear if the shooting was accidental. Police are still investigating at this time.
Possible Shots Fired at a Nearby Elementary School
Just as the situation seemed to be over, L.A. County Sheriff’s received another call about a potential shooter, this one located at nearby Manzanita Elementary School, which is approximately seven miles away from Highland High. Police and emergency crews were quickly dispatched but according to the latest updates, police searched the campus and said there was no evidence of a crime or shots being fired.
However, the investigation is ongoing at this time.