Antelope Valley

Students Return to Palmdale School Shaken by Gunfire on Campus

Investigators are attempting to determine a motive for Friday's shooting at Highland High School

What to Know

  • A 14-year-old former student was arrested in Friday's shooting at the Palmdale high school campus
  • A 15-year-old boy Highland High School student was wounded, but his injuries are not life-threatening
  • The boy was taken into custody at a Vons grocery store about a mile from the campus

Students returning to class Monday at Highland High School in Palmdale, the site of a Friday shooting that left a 15-year-old boy wounded, were greeted by a host of support personnel, from school counselors to psychologists to sheriff's deputies.

Counselors will also be available at other schools in the Antelope Valley Unified High School District.

The 7 a.m. shooting Friday on the campus in the 39000 block of 25th Street West was initially reported as an active shooter, prompting a massive law-enforcement response. Authorities say the gunman was a 14-year-old former Highland High School student who fired rounds from a rifle. He told his father that he had fired into the air, said Los Angeles County sheriff's Jim McDonnell.

There was no immediate word on a motive, though Los Angeles County sheriff's Capt. Darren Harris said that deputies believe the suspect was acting alone.

The boy was taken into custody at a Vons grocery store about a mile from the campus. There were no reports of any other injuries.

In the aftermath of the shooting, authorities identified two potential threats on social media.

One targeted Highland High specifically.

"Detectives from the school unit have ... located the individual who posted this message," said Lancaster Sheriff's Station spokeswoman Ali Villalobos. "While the individual claims this is only a rumor, detectives are investigating every lead thoroughly. The investigation is still ongoing."

The second potential threat was a social-media post relating to a February incident. That threat was deemed not credible.

"We continue to work hand in hand with our community to ensure we provide the safest learning environment for all of our students," Villalobos said. "Our station takes every single threat, comment and/or `rumor` seriously and will investigate each one thoroughly."

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