Oakland, California. – A 13-year-old boy was gunned down Monday at an East Oakland high school and the 12-year-old suspect is in custody, sheriff’s officers said.
The shooting took place Tuesday at Madison Park Academy, in the Sobrante Park neighborhood.
According to authorities, the injured student has been taken to a hospital and is in critical condition. An eighth grader at the school told KTVU that her friend had been shot in the stomach.
“I was hanging out with my friends when I heard the shot. I didn’t know it was a shot at the time,” said the eighth grader. “I hung around until I heard my boyfriend scream. It turned out he was the one who got shot.”
Students at the school say they hid in classrooms and the gym.
“I was afraid these would be my last moments in case he decided to go ballistic and go crazy. I texted my dad, gave him information, I texted my mom,” said a 17-year-old student.
According to initial reports, the 12-year-old suspect was on the run, but the child was quickly located and detained. It is not clear where officers arrested the suspected shooter.
Officials have not said whether the suspect was also a student at the school, which is in sixth through twelfth grade.
The weapon used in the incident has been recovered, authorities said.
Oakland Police Chief LeRonne Armstrong said after the school shooting: “You’ve heard from me over the past few weeks about a number of shootings and incidents that have taken place in our schools, our playgrounds. This affects every area in our city. for this level of gun violence.”
Mayor Libby Schaaf said the level of gun violence across the country and the city of Oakland is “heartbreaking and unacceptable.”
“School should be the safest place for our kids,” says de said mayor on Twitter. Some students told KTVU that the shooting may have been accidental, but police say they have not made a decision.
SkyFOX flew over the scene where Oakland Police and Alameda County Sheriffs were seen outside the school with students gathered together.
Traffic in the area came to a standstill as parents rushed to pick up their children after learning of the shooting.