There has been a reported shooting at a high school just north of Los Angeles. Reports about an apparent shooting at Highland High School in Palmdale, California, came in at around 7 a.m. local time. ABC Los Angeles is reporting that multiple people have made 911 calls about an apparent shooting.
There has not been any confirmation of shots fired or of any victims at the school. The sheriff’s department has confirmed that there is an armed man on campus. The school is located at 39055 25th Street West. Scanner traffic indicates that the gunman has been arrested at a Vons supermarket on 3027 Rancho Vista boulevard, about a mile north of the school. The suspect has been described as an hispanic male. He is believed to be 14 years old.
Here’s what we know so far:
1. There Is One Victim
Some scanner traffic indicates that there may be one wounded student who shot in the hand and taken to Palmdale Regional hospital via private car. Fox LA’s Gigi Graciette reports that the suspect has admitted to shooting. ABC Los Angeles reports that a 17-year-old student was wounded during the shooting.
ABC Los Angeles reports that nobody has been transported from the school via ambulance as of 7:30 a.m. local time. The fire department is staging at Marie Kerr park, a mile north of the school. CBS Los Angeles’ Kara Finnstrom reports that the fire department staged so far away because they’re waiting to see if they are required.
2. The Gunman Is Apparently Armed With an AK-47
Fox LA’s Gigi Graciette reports that a student was seen carrying an AK-47 assault rifle on campus and that students are sheltering in place. Local deputies are on campus responding to the incident.
Graciette also reports that there is a “massive” Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department response at Highland High School. Graciette adds that deputies from the department are being sent to every school in the area as a precaution. The ATF is also on scene at Highland High School to assist deputies with the investigation.
3. A Right-Wing Troll Twitter Account Spread Misinformation About a Shooting Victim
A right-wing Twitter troll account spread misinformation that the operator of the account’s mother was shot in the cafeteria of the school. In the immediate aftermath of the high school shooting Parkland, Florida, the same account incorrectly depicted shooter Nikolas Cruz as a member of antifa. The same account pushed the falsehood that Parkland activist David Hogg was a “crisis actor” who “always wanted to work at CNN.
4. There Were Also False Reports of a ‘Shooting’ at an Elementary School in the Area
News Source LA reports that one person called 911 to report a shooting at Manzanita Elementary School. The sheriff’s department is on scene at that school too. The schools are separated by about seven miles. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department later confirmed that the school had been searched and cleared with no evidence of a crime.
5. There Are 4,000 Students Enrolled at the School
There are 4,000 students enrolled at the the school. According to the school’s official website, it is located in the Antelope Valley Union High School District. In 2005, the school won the California Distinguished School award.