Police scrambled to get to a high school Friday morning after receiving reports of an active shooter on campus. The incident began shortly before 7 a.m. Pacific.
According to KTLA, the shooting took place at Highland High School in Palmdale, north of Los Angeles. At least one person, a 17-year-old boy, was hospitalized with a gunshot wound through his forearm, ABC 30 reported.
According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, which responded to the scene and helped clear out the school, the suspect has been detained. He is being described as a juvenile Hispanic male.
As news of the shooting broke, panicked parents rushed to get to the school, prompting police to set up an area for them to be reunited to their kids. With the recent spate of school shootings, emotions were running high.
Parent Nadine Luke told CNN earlier, "All authorities are telling us right now is that they are working on the situation. The only thing I want right now is to have my daughter right here."
Recent incidents of deadly mass shootings have also had an impact on students as well, with young Lydia Gilbert adding that a shooting at her own Palmdale school has "actually been one of my biggest fears."
Other schools in the area were put into lockdown as well. It’s only been a few months since a mass shooting killed 17 people at a high school in Parkland, Florida, leading to large demonstrations calling for increased gun control and debates over whether there should be more armed personnel or armed teachers on campus to help prevent shootings or stop them within moments of starting.
Compared to other cities in California, Palmdale’s crime rate is average, according to Neighborhood Scout. In fact, compared to similar-sized cities with populations around 150,000, its has fewer incidents of crime than average. However, nationally, Palmdale is considered more dangerous than 70 percent of American cities.
California has the strictest gun laws in the nation, according to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, as reported by Deseret News. All public and private school campuses in California are gun-free zones by law, according to Shouse California Law Group.
As gun-control advocates praise gun-free zones, opponents point out that 97.3 percent of mass shootings in 1950 have taken place inside of gun-free zones, bringing the effectiveness of those zones into question. They take that data from the Crime Prevention Research Center, which uses a study they conducted to prove those numbers and FBI statistics for the definition of what a “mass shooting” is.