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From left, Nancy Delgado, Pedro Antonio and his mother, Maria Perez, stand with others outside Hale Middle School in Woodland Hills, where helicopters drummed overhead and hundreds of officers searched for the gunman.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck heads to a news conference at Hale Middle School, one of nine campuses in the Woodland Hills area that was on lockdown Wednesday after a gunman shot a school police officer outside nearby El Camino Real High.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times

Officers from the LAPD, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and the California Highway Patrol rushed to the area to search for the gunman, who as of Wednesday night had not been found. It was the second school shooting in as many days for a rattled L.A. Unified.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times

More than 9,000 students at nine campuses were locked in their rooms, and movement was restricted for the people who lived and worked in the seven-square-mile search perimeter.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times

El Camino Real High School student wait to board buses as night falls, after being on lockdown all afternoon.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times

Neva Stolte stands with her daughters Abigail Greter and Madison Kerzner and scans the parking lot for her son Max Kerzner. Scores of students met up at the McDonald's near campus to wait for family and friends.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times

Parents wait in line to pick up their children from Hale Middle School. The officer who was shot outside the nearby El Camino Real High School campus received only minor injuries, thanks to a bulletproof vest.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times

Students return to Gardena High School on the morning after one of their classmates accidentally shot two fellow students with a gun being carried in his backpack.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Students walk back to class at Gardena High School on the day after one of their classmates accidentally shot two fellow students.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

School officials use a portable metal detector to check students returning to Gardena High School on the morning after one of their classmates accidentally shot two fellow students.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Students return to Gardena High School under the watchful eyes of extra police officers after one of the students accidentally shot two others.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

School officials hand search some of the students returning to Gardena High School on the morning after one of their classmates accidentally shot two fellow students with a gun being carried in his backpack.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Parents gather at Gardena High School for a meeting with school and law enforcement officials after one of the students at the school accidentally shot two others.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Police enter Gardena High School, where two students were shot Tuesday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

Concerned Gardena High School parent Aneka Stinson waits for her daughter Anastashia near the reunion gate of the campus off 177th Street on Tuesday afternoon.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

Police escort a handcuffed youth in front of Gardena High School on Tuesday morning.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

Rose Waddle, 50, is among parents waiting near Gardena High. Her son Nicholas Nakaoka, 15, is inside the school while police search for a student after the shootings.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times

Police officers are in a staging area outside Gardena High, where two students were shot.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times

Gardena High School student Breana Hill, 15, left, is comforted by her mother Lichelle, after Tuesday's shooting. She told her sister Jazmaine, right, "I was so scared."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times

Parent Misty Luna argues with law enforcement officers outside Gardena High. Her daughter Elizabeyth is a student.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times

Eluit Garcia, center, worries about her 16-year-old brother, Andres, who was on campus at Gardena High.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times

A Gardena High School student and her mother, who declined to be identified, hold one another as they leave campus after students were released from school following a shooting that left two students wounded.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times

Concerned parents wait for for their children at a gate at Gardena High School.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

An armed Gardena police officer stands on Normandie Avenue outside Gardena High after two students were shot there.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times

James Ausman, right, chief physician at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, leads the surgery team that worked on the two Gardena High School shooting victims away from the media after providing an update on the students' conditions.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

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After a school police officer was shot Wednesday outside El Camino Real High School, nine campuses were locked down the day after two Gardena High School students were injured when a gun in a student’s backpack accidentally discharged.

At the Gardena school, one girl was shot in the head and is in grave condition at a hospital. The other victim, a boy, was wounded in the shoulder.  According to Robert Alaniz, a Los Angeles Unified School District spokesman, the gun discharged when a 10th-grade boy either dropped or bumped the backpack containing the weapon.


  1. January 18, 2011, 3:19 pm

    So much for security in the schools…

    By: bchbrook
  2. January 18, 2011, 5:16 pm

    I attend gardena high andd i was scared out of my mind and the girl who was shot was a friend of mind so much for a safe learning zone.

    By: tajanae thompson
  3. January 18, 2011, 6:17 pm

    So sad. The boy shouldn't of brought the gun onto campus, but it's not his fault. Im still shocked.

    By: Andrew
  4. January 18, 2011, 6:45 pm

    how was this not his fault? somebody hid the gun in his backpack loaded? he had no idea it was there? if that is the case then, i'd agree. but just like a drunk driver who doesn't mean to hit and kill a pedestrian……. the car becomes the weapon and the idiot who drives drunk is guilty of murder. if the young man intentionally placed a loaded gun in his backpack, whether he intentionally pulled the trigger or not, he is to blame for the condition of those two injured students. what is "so sad" is the young woman in grave condition with a bullet in her head!

    By: djjlb
  5. January 19, 2011, 4:03 am

    100% agree w/ u djjlb and the question now is: what do we do about it all, do u put metal walk-thru detectors up in all schools or what, why are kids doing this in the first place, what reasons would u need a gun in school for 4 example is there a bully situation going on, do we have problems of hate, drug wars, gangs, what is the root hon please consider & advise us further, thank u 🙂

  6. January 19, 2011, 9:13 am

    The work idiot is unnecessary, when are we going to learn that It could have happen to anyone. When School campus a no longer safe, it is like a war zone, and whe do not care , because we always waite until a tragedy happen. The tragedy affect us all as a society.

    By: yoy
  7. January 19, 2011, 5:39 am

    It defies common sense that it's not his fault. There is no legitimate legal purpose for a student to bring a gun (loaded or otherwise) into a school. This was a totally preventable incident.

    By: Rodeos.Corde
  8. January 18, 2011, 6:43 pm

    It's sad that this had to happen to these 3 students to get SCHOOL OFFICAILS ATTENTION!!!!!!! None of thes INNER CITY SCHOOLS are safe for these kids any more. School Administriter's need to WAKE UP and secure the safety of the school campus more than they do and stop worrying about a damn pay check….DO YOUR JOBS PEOPLE!!!!!!! And it's not just our high school campuses it's going on in our middle school and elementary campus as well…Stop labeling our kids something they are not and HELP THEM!!!!!!

  9. January 18, 2011, 11:14 pm

    i agree….my prayers 2 all the students and family.s

    By: a.aubrey
  10. January 18, 2011, 11:16 pm

    Great comment that school administrators should fix all these issues. They can do that while they assure that all students learn, counsel unreasonable parents, comply to ridiculous mandates, and help the ever-growing number of students suffering from anxiety, depression, and/or rage from implications of family stress due to the economic crisis. Do you realize that there are usually 3-4 administrators for a school of 2,000-3,000 students? What do you recommend they do?

  11. January 19, 2011, 8:20 am


  12. January 19, 2011, 12:10 pm

    Parents need to take part in the responsibility. How and where did a 17 year old get a gun?

    By: xxyz
  13. January 19, 2011, 12:56 pm

    What is SAD!!!! IS that you actually believe what you you wrote. Is the school responsible for a portion of this??? yes!!!! However the list of blame here is quite extensive…. First and foremost lets start with the kid, then lets move to the parents, then we can move on to the people who knew he had the damn thing and didn't tell anyone, finally we can start blaming the school and it's officials. The only way for that gun to have been found by the school is if EVERY student was searched completely. Since that is not the district policy then there is a 80% chance that his bag would have never been searched, considering they only check 1 out of every 5 students. Yes that was basic math I just did, I learned that in school. Now the blame on the school is this…. if they had been doing there job everyday religiously then that kid may have been afraid to bring the gun into school fearing that he may have been searched. Since it sounds like they weren't doing that he had no fear and did what he did. In the end though it still comes down to the individual kid, that is why our society sucks because no one is held accountable for their actions. People like you make excuses and blames other people for an individuals personal actions.

  14. January 19, 2011, 8:00 pm

    People should stop blaming the school, teachers, and officials and start holding parents accountable for their children. Some students repeatedly violate school rules and have been doing poorly since middle school and their parents can't bring about any change. However, the school system has to miraculously solve all their problems. That is insane! A child's education begins at home. Learning how to behave and knowing the difference between wrong and right is primarily a parents job not a school's. My children know exactly what is expected of them because we reinforced them throughout the years. The real Issue: There is absolutely no pressure on parents to do their jobs, since their kids can go to school no matter what- schools are taken for granted, so the kids manifest their learned behavior.Maya

    By: goelida
  15. January 18, 2011, 8:14 pm

    my brother used to attend that school…this is just crazy

  16. January 18, 2011, 9:43 pm

    Ok lets once again try and fix things by dealing with the symtons. Since when do you let your child go to school with a gun? If it takes a search every moning before they leave home then some irresponsible parent should have done so. I am sick of parents not taking responsibility for their children. By the time a child starts kindergarten they should know how to behave. No rules at home equals no rules anyplace else. Well 30 year old grandmothers wouldn't know about that. Maybe this is why the senior complex has classes on how to raise grandchildren because young ass dads amd moms don't.

  17. January 18, 2011, 9:49 pm

    Oh well, it is time we stop dealing with the symtons and get to the root of the issue. First of all what kind of parent allows a child to carry a gun to school. Teachers and administrators are not cops and most of them didn't go to college to learn how to implement behavior modification. By the time a child enters school they should have already been taught how to behave and respect authority. But no, it would be asking too much for a parent who has a dual role as a 30 year old grandmother to teach what they don't know. Maybe that is why learning how to raise grandchildren is part of the curriculum at the senior citizen's complex. Can you get the point?

  18. January 18, 2011, 10:02 pm

    Ok where are the parents? No responsibility? Who allows their child to carry a weapon to school? Why do children think it is ok to do so. Somebody has it all twisted. By the time a child begins school they should have already been taught how to behave. Teachers and administrators didn't go to college to learn how to implement behavior modification. Safe place for the students? What about safe place for the employees? How do you deal with going to work not knowing whether or not your co-worker is packing unless you are law enforcement. And even they are taught how to handle their weapons. But oh no, wonder why "how to raise grandchildren" is part of the curriculum at the senior citizen's complex. Well its because the 30 yr. old grandmothers don't know how to raise their own children. And to add insult Why are you young brothers ruining the lives of young girls and children by not being ready to have children. Lets keep dealing with these syymtoms and leave the root of the problem for the correctional facilities.

  19. January 18, 2011, 10:34 pm

    The problem here are not the Administrators, is the parenting these kids are getting (No parenting). I went to school in the inner city, but I had excellent parenting. Finished my BA and then head to law school. What could the administrators do to prevent this? The next thing you know, there will be Airport-type security at Gardena HS. I feel for the kid, but the fact that he had a loaded gun in his back-pac, clearly indicates he is up to no good. What they should do is stick his parents in Jail, i feel for the injured kids and i also feel for the lack of direction these kids have (he is also a victim)….

    By: Abel cab
  20. January 18, 2011, 11:00 pm

    Yes this is very sad and the young man who had the gun should be held accountable but it’s a shame when students fill so threatend and unsafe at school that they fill the need to bring a weapon to school lets keep all our youth in our prayers

    By: poundcake
  21. January 18, 2011, 11:16 pm

    I am a school administrator at a school of 2,500 students. I work 50-60 hours a week when you count all the school and athletic events I have to supervise. There are three of us. We oversee everything from budgets to personnel issues, maintaining facilities to ordering supplies, disciplining students for a variety of behaviors and counseling those with REAL issues, attending IEP meetings and trying to get habitual truants to attend school, coordinating all school athletics/activities and evaluating teachers, coordinating all state testing (the CAHSEE is given 5 times a year and the CSTs are at least a full week) to creating a master schedule that accomodates the needs of students, parents and teachers. We can also add the fact that every complaint about a homework assignment, scheduling issue, teacher preference comes to my office. In my free time, I analyze student data to improve academic achievement, create professional development opportunities for our teachers, and create curriculum or course interventions for struggling students (including special education and English Learners, since all students are expected to be proficient in all academic areas regardless of their time in this country or disability).

  22. January 18, 2011, 11:17 pm

    So… we take school safety very seriously. We will drop everything if we have even a hint that there is a risk to student safety. But, we cannot do this alone. Where were the parents? Most parents have only a couple of children, we have thousands… we can't be expected to fix all the ills of this society. Who gave this child a gun? What about these students that knew this was happening? Did their parents teach them to do the right thing, even if people may think they snitched (by the way, any good administrator knows better than to divulge his or her source)? There are so many responsible for our children and the future of our society. I am so sick of hearing it is the fault of school administrators.

  23. January 18, 2011, 11:18 pm

    You also mentioned our concern with collecting a paycheck… as a teacher I had summers off and could leave at three and grade papers at home. I had one week off last summer (we run summer school for 900 struggling students all but 2 weeks of summer. Then we frantically get 2,500 schedules ready for the next year). Any raise in pay is negated by the ridiculous hours I work (I put in a 17 hour day Friday–from 7:00 am until midnight–to supervise a school dance) and lack of vacation time. I was a great teacher and am a great administrator… but I have never worked so hard in my life to fix the dysfunction caused by broken or disengaged families… Oh yes, and I also have three school age children of my own.

  24. January 19, 2011, 12:02 am

    Hey, if this were the first "accidental" shooting at Gardena High I would understand why their security is so lax. But my wife was a teacher there when there was a previous shooting, and another two students were wounded. When will they start to try to make the school safe? Do we have to wait until someone dies?

  25. January 19, 2011, 2:08 am

    he deserve his time forreal thats sadd why would you have a gun in school anyways !

  26. January 19, 2011, 5:31 am

    My bestfriend works for gardena middle school and I just so happen to call him to check up on him and he told me what happened and that the police had his school on lock down. I am from los angeles but I now live in houston tx and this situation is very sad and disturbing to know that these children are only doing what they see us grown people do not cool. To young ppl are injured because a one person felt the need to bring a loaded gun to protect himself from someone after him that’s called gang violence. These children need better structure, something to live for instead of all this junk their being feed in the brain.

    By: cali swagg
  27. January 19, 2011, 5:39 am

    My prayers go out to those families suffering from this painfull act of viloence. Its sad to say that these schools need to have better security structure. Soon or later school will be shut down permantetly and parents will have their children home schooled because their not comfortable with them leaving home. School is suppose to be a learning zone but some ppl are just ignorant to the street drama. Leave that mess out there on the streets and get that education. This is how we black ppl get judged as bad people.

    By: cali swagg
  28. January 19, 2011, 6:10 am

    WHO is checking these kids for guns???

    By: AGraphicArtist
  29. January 19, 2011, 6:12 am

    I am stunned! Having been born and raised for the most part in California,primarily Los Angeles it is a waterfall of emotions I am feeling.Reflective, I think of the 1950's, first Magnolia Avenue in LA and trips to Santa Monica Beach and even in the 60's, a time of (more) trust. The famly unit for so many is questionable. Definitely, the security of the schools, and the quality of education, is of constant questioning. As a 'retired' addictions Counselor, I am still involved in various situtions involving the well being of our communities. The blatant disregard of common courtesy eats at my spirit to no end. …

    By: EmbraceOfWarmth
  30. January 19, 2011, 6:13 am

    …from Embrace Of Warmth…Tough love here,alf of the parents out there do not deserve to be parents…and probably half of the teachers do not deserve the honor n' priviledge of continuingg to be teachers. I also speak as a teacher of a now retired daycare facility. Anyway, children, YES CHILDREN, you are still CHILDREN in high school do some of the damnest things.Obviously, I do not know all the WHY's that boy took a gun to school, but I do strongly feel it was unbelieveably stupid/ignorant. Sure, he may feel remorse, and the LAPD (holy crap, do I have professional stories to share about that lot of people) seem to be calling it 'an accident". No guns or weapons of any kind should be taken into schools. …

    By: EmbraceOfWarmth
  31. January 19, 2011, 6:13 am

    …Embrace Of Warmth…Should he be punished for the smuggling of the gun to school = OF COURSE, but he does not deserve to have HIS EDUCATION raped from him. Does he have to make peace with his mistake, YES. Does he need to be forced to make amends to his two classmates that he sloppyly shot (that includes a gun discharge even from his backpack,kicked or not).. Does the school district and all its staff need to revisit all security measures and the like – there is no question about that – just do it and do it now and THIS TIME do it thoroughly. What ever time it takes and how ever much money it takes it has to be done. The parent(s)of that boy need to question that parenting skills. HELP THEM ALL.____Mama C here in Oregon____

    By: EmbraceOfWarmth
  32. January 19, 2011, 6:19 am

    it is sad there is no security in gardena hi school . the children are not protected , despite the fact that that school has history of gang violence. anybody can just walk into the school campus without anybody checking them. the only people they check are the visitors. if you are visitors coming into the school they will ask for your I.D. card . nobody will check your bag. many shools are like that . school authority should wake up . we don't want to loose our children who are the future leaders, doctors, politicians, lawyers, judges and presidents . IMAGINE , a child who has a dream went to school and ended up in I. C. U. it does not make any sense at all.

  33. January 19, 2011, 7:50 am

    This is such a sad and unfortunate accident. Of course the kid didn't intentionally mean to shoot those kids but that doesn't matter. The fact is that he did and they are in the hospital with one in critical condition. The school officials know the situation at the school and that's why they hired security guards. If those security guards are scanning some kids why not all? It doesn't matter if it's an inner city school or private school, a high school or elementary school. They are all at risk. They are kids. They are our responsability as adults,as parents and as educators.

  34. January 19, 2011, 8:18 am


    By: HHHHH
  35. January 19, 2011, 10:07 am

    What Andrew probably ment its not his fault is if he felt threatened and seeked help from peers and no one listen to him it pushes kids to the extreme parents and teachers need to listen to students when they come to them. I have children and believe me when they tell me there being bothered in school and they take they steps that need to be taken you will see me in that school making sure the issue is resolved bringing parents of other children if possible we live in a cruel society. Im not saying it is acceptable to bring a gun to school at no means but we need to look for signs and check through are childrens stuff if we see something different!!!!

    By: elizabeth
  36. January 19, 2011, 10:47 am

    I attended Gardena Hi from 1993-1997. I remember when they implemented the search. Of course it took place at the front gate but all other entrances to the campus would be open as well. It wasn’t an everyday search and if I recall correctly, it was done after the 8am bell ring. It was also a random search, every tenth person was searched. It is said that nothing hasn’t changed in my years since I have graduated and it’s really sad because it’s a good school. I am sympathetic of course for the ones that were hurt as well as for the young man who brought the wepon. It’s a shame too that the parent’s/ legal gaurdian of this young man weren’t paying attention to his behavior. I will admit I wasn’t an A/B student when I attended there and of course I ditched..Hey I am almost 32 and can say this freely now, LOL. But I remembered the assigned counselors and school personel back, then payed attention to individual students noticing when things weren’t right with them…Truly a different era of people staffed now a days!

    By: Courtnee Butler
  37. January 19, 2011, 11:15 am

    Metal detector did not show the gun when it was introduced to the school

    By: arlin
  38. January 19, 2011, 1:33 pm

    Maybe the parents of kids going to school need to stand up and take some responsibility for their kids actions. It's not just the school that is responsible. Parents need to parent their kids and take time with them instead of just pawning them off on the schools.

  39. January 19, 2011, 2:29 pm

    let me guess it wasn't his back pack he was carrying he was holding it for and friend.

    By: psinned
  40. January 19, 2011, 4:58 pm

    Kids should not be allow to carry backpacks. LASU should take a look and see how schools was ran in the 50 and 60. Keep ours kids safe.

    By: fff
  41. January 19, 2011, 6:57 pm

    people need to get off Gardena and stop talking all these that its not safe. Am a senior at Gardena High and our school is safe it is not as bad as all you people try to put it . specially all you people that dont go to our school you dont know what happens in there and you dont know what our staff does to protect us . I love gardena high and all of us students feel safe and are not scare for our lifes

    By: ceceo
  42. January 19, 2012, 2:41 pm

    Maybe if you read all the responses then you would know many of us attended Gardena Hi in the 90's. and we are talking from our own personal experiences! True enough You are also apart of Generation Y. as I. You have heard of that right? I have been locked down in 5th and 6th periods while there were fake riots going on! No one is saying Gardena is a bad school. It's the own individual student, "friends" parents and staff just need to step up to the plate that's all!

    By: pret
  43. January 19, 2011, 8:38 pm


  44. January 20, 2011, 8:01 pm

    I am not excusing anyone for what happened. however what our society sees on tv and movies,is violence to a great extent. maybe it's time for our society as a whole,to address this issue.
    Mike Sager

    By: MMike
  45. January 23, 2011, 7:48 am

    I'm watching this case from the other side of the country, and I continue to be amazed at the dearth of information about the gun used. I now see that it was a 9mm Beretta, similar to the U.S. Army M9.

    This weapon definitely could not have gone off the way it is reported to have done in the media. It has a passive firing pin locking mechanism which prevents this. When the pistol was tested by the military before adoption, it was dropped on concrete from various heights to make sure it would not go off when dropped. The bookbag story is absurd. Here's a write up of the Beretta M92/M9.

    Now what I would like to learn form the media is whether this shooter has a "hook," some connection to a politically powerful patron trying to make it go away for him.

    By: LouGots
  46. January 29, 2011, 6:37 pm

    omg seriously sadd i feel bad for the kiids but i mean what can i sayy this is hte only reason why im glad im home school hope the 2 injured students are better soon :]

    By: kiarae

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