A teen boy is in custody after he reportedly shot one of his fellow students at a Palmdale, California high school.
According to CNN.com, the 14-year-old suspect reportedly shot another teen in the arm at Highland High School before the school day officially started on Friday, May 11.
Both teens are students at the school, but neither of their names have been released. The teen who was injured reportedly drove himself to a hospital and is in stable condition.
Authorities apprehended the suspect at a Vons grocery store, about a mile from the school. While police searched for the suspect and secured the area, the school was on lockdown. Over two hours after the shooting occurred, students were released to be picked up by parents or guardians.
One mother of a Highland student said she thought a text her son sent her was a joke at first:
"I thought he was joking, and I'm like, 'Don't mess around, that's not funny,'" said mother Ana Salazar. "And he's like, 'No mom, for reals, I locked myself up. I heard it at the other side of the school. There was one shot. And I'm locked up in one of the buildings now.'"
Palmdale is about 40 miles north of Los Angeles. This is reportedly the 21st school shooting in the US this year.
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Publication date: May 11, 2018