All schools in the area were placed on lockdown while law enforcement swarmed the high school campus, and nervous parents began gathering nearby, anxiously hoping to retrieve their children. 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.
A teen boy is in custody after he reportedly shot one of his fellow students at a Palmdale, California high school.
Faculty also provided surveillance video of the suspect arriving and leaving the school, which "assisted in the quick apprehension" of the suspect, McDonnell said. A rifle was also recovered. "At first I didn't believe them, but then I heard a gunshot".
Friday's incident comes during a time when gun control and school safety has been a national hot topic since the Parkland shooting on February 14. The student said the suspect looked at him and told him to run, which he did, shouting at other students to do the same. "The student said he was only joking, but deputies later found two semiautomatic rifles, two handguns and 90 high-capacity magazines at the student's home".
Police respond to a possible incident at Highland High School in California.
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"It's scary, I don't know what to feel", Ana Salazar told KTLA.
Sheriff's Sgt. Aura Sierra could not immediately provide more information about the person detained Friday morning said there has been no confirmation of a shooting.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said it was responding to a shooting at Highland High School, according to its official Twitter account.
The sheriff's office also tweeted that they investigated reports of shots fired near Manzanita Elementary School located about seven miles from Highland High School but the campus and school was clear.