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Boy, 12, held in shooting of student at California campus

Arrest (AP FILE)
Posted at 9:58 PM, Aug 29, 2022
and last updated 2022-08-30 00:58:56-04

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A 12-year-old boy was held Monday on suspicion of shooting and wounding another student at a school in east Oakland, authorities said.

Reports of a shooting sent officers to Madison Park Academy in the Sobrante Park neighborhood about 1:30 p.m., police said.

They found a 13-year-old boy with a gunshot wound, and another boy ran away after the shooting but was quickly taken into custody, Oakland Police Chief LeRonne Armstrong said at a press conference.

The wounded student was hospitalized in stable condition, he said.

Armstrong said both boys were students at the school, which has about 750 students in grades six to 12.

Other details weren't immediately released or remained under investigation.

“It saddens me to even think that a kid would bring a gun to school,” Armstrong said. “No parent wants to send their kids to school in the day and then be called saying your kid’s been shot. It’s the worst thing that you can hear.”

“But there's far too many guns on our streets and it's only a matter of time before incidents like this happen," he said, urging family members to turn in guns and “get these firearms out of the hands of these kids."

An email to the Oakland Unified School District seeking comment wasn't immediately returned.

However, the teachers' union said educators were “shaken, sad, horrified, and stressed."

“We are committed to do whatever it takes for this to never occur again," said Keith Brown, president of the Oakland Education Association, which according to its website represents nearly 3,000 Oakland district teachers, counselors, nurses, psychologists, librarians, speech pathologists, social workers and teacher substitutes.

“Educators have major concerns over the resources that are readily available to support the needs of our students," Brown's statement said. “Our public schools should be safe havens for students, free from the fear of gun violence."