Reports of the shooting and an ultimately false report of another attack at a nearby elementary school sparked chaos, terrifying parents and drawing a massive police response in the high desert city of Palmdale in Southern California.
"Deputies responded immediately to Palmdale shooting, arrest made, weapon found, active investigation underway".
The victim, a 14-year-old boy, was hit in the arm and was in stable condition at a hospital.
Authorities apprehended the suspect at a Vons grocery store, about a mile from the school. The sheriff's department said deputies were on scene searching the campus, and the Highland principal tweeted that people should "stay clear of campus" while authorities assessed the situation.
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The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department confirmed that one gunshot victim was hospitalized after the incident. The teen was in her Reserve Officers' Training Corps class, and said students were putting sofas and desks in front of the classroom door and windows to barricade themselves inside, Luke said.
"As I turn another corner I see the kid with the gun", George said. The campus, at 39055 25th Street West, was initially placed on lockdown along with all other schools in the Antelope Valley Union High School District. "And I'm locked up in one of the buildings now'".
"He looks back at me and tells me to run", he said. There was one shot. The campuses were searched and no incidents of concern were reported, the superintendent later said.
The suspect, a former student at Highland High School, was taken into custody at a supermarket by an off-duty Los Angeles police officer after the boy called his father to tell him that he had fired a gun into the air, McDonnell said.
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Sierra says someone also called to report shots fired in the vicinity of Manzanita Elementary School about 7 miles (11 kilometers) away. "School is clear. So far, no evidence of crime", the Sheriff's Department tweeted of Manzanita Elementary.
Firefighter-paramedics told NBC Los Angeles they received a report of one person with a gunshot wound, though any injuries couldn't be independently confirmed.
Lydia said she then heard two gunshots before she and her mom drove away.
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