OAKLAND, Calif. — A school shooting in east Oakland that injured a 13-year-old boy and left another student in custody was unintentional, police said Tuesday.
“Evidence shows the incident was not a deliberate school shooting. At this time, it does not appear the victim was the intended target,” a tweet from the police department said.
No other details were provided.
Reports of a shooting dispatched officers to Madison Park Academy in the Sobrante Park neighborhood around 1:30 p.m. Monday.
They found a 13-year-old boy with gunshot wounds and a 12-year-old boy who fled after the shooting but was quickly taken into custody, authorities said.
The injured student was hospitalized in stable condition. The other student was booked into Juvenile Hall on suspicion of assault with a gun and other weapons charges.
The shooting took place in an open quad area at the school, where the two boys attended, authorities said. The weapon was recovered.
The school, which has around 750 pupils in grades 6 to 12, was evacuated but reopened on Tuesday with counselors available for pupils and staff.
Yarelin Espinoza, 17, said she was in a physical education class when students started crying and shouting: “There’s a shooter, there’s a shooter”.
“All of a sudden we went into a panicked state, because we didn’t know what was going on,” she told the Bay Area News Group.
Many students weren’t in class on Tuesday, the senior said.
“It’s really distressing and disappointing – I thought we were making a change in our community,” she said. “It’s the only place we thought it was safe to be around. It turns out that’s not the case.
She also said gunshots were commonplace in East Oakland, where many of the year’s homicides took place.
“We hear gunshots almost every day,” Espinoza said. “It happens so much in the community, it normalizes. It should never have come to this. »
Meanwhile, the police chief and other community members gathered at City Hall on Tuesday to condemn the ongoing violence in Oakland, which included six homicides since last Thursday. Most were shot.
“Give us a break. Give this community a break,” said Police Chief LeRonne Armstrong. He was joined by peace advocates and mothers of those killed, all urging people to get more involved in reducing violence.