KTLA is reporting that a 16-year-old suspected gunman is in custody for an alleged accidental shooting on the campus of Gardena High School, which is part of the Los Angeles Unified School District. A school-district official says the shooting was accidental. Apparently the student brought a gun to school in his backpack, which fell onto the ground and apparently discharged, according to district spokesman Robert Alaniz.
Two students were wounded by the bullet — a 15-year-old girl was shot in the head, and a 16-year-old boy was shot in the neck. The girl is in critical condition, while the boy is in stable condition. Police with guns drawn surrounded a classroom as students walked outside with their hands in the air. One young man was then placed on the ground and handcuffed. The suspect, described only as a 16-year-old boy dressed in dark clothing, was taken into custody shortly before noon.
How many more shootings, accidental or otherwise, have to happen on school property before something is done about guns in our society? We know, we know — people kill people, not guns. There seems to be a whole lot of people with guns walking around harming people without guns. Some will say arm everyone, while others will say arm no one. Regardless of where you stand on the issue, we all agree that gun violence on school grounds, accidental or not, is unacceptable. So what are we going to do about it?
Read more at KTLA.
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