An apparent murder-suicide that left a man and a woman dead forced the lockdown of a Southern California high school on Wednesday, authorities said. No students were injured.
The shooting occurred about 10:40 a.m. after a school resource officer who works for the Riverside County Sheriff's Department heard what he thought was a gunshot coming from the parking lot at Patriot High School, 4355 Camino Real, Jurupa, said sheriff's spokeswoman Courtney Donowho. The school was immediately placed on a lockdown as sheriff's investigators searched the campus.
The woman who was found dead was a volunteer at the school, Donowho said. No details were released about the man who shot the volunteer, then turned the gun on himself. The motive for the shooting is under investigation. A Riverside County Sheriff spokesman said names of the two dead would not be released Wednesday night as investigators were still trying to contact family members.
No students were unaccounted for and they were released in three phases throughout the afternoon.
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Most high schools in Riverside County have deputies who act as school resource officers, Donowho said.
"They are there for exactly these types of incidents," she said. "Our primary concern is student safety."
Jurupa is about 50 miles east of downtown Los Angeles.