Student shot outside Grant High School in Valley Glen
A student was shot outside Grant High School in Valley Glen on Wednesday afternoon, authorities confirmed.
Officers responded at 3:24 p.m. to the 13000 block of Oxnard Street, said Officer Rosario Cervantes, a Los Angeles Police Department spokesperson.
The shooting occurred on the perimeter in front of the campus, said Los Angeles School Police Chief Leslie Ramirez. It was “believed to be gang-related,” according to a tweet from the LAPD.
A man who grew up in L.A. and allegedly harbored a grudge against schools that didn’t accept him was arrested and faces federal charges.
A male student was shot and is being treated for his injuries, Ramirez said. He was stable at the time he was transported to a hospital.
Officers from the LAPD and the L.A. School Police Department are at the scene and assisting with a coordinated school dismissal, Ramirez said. The campus remained on lockdown as of about 4:30 p.m., according to a tweet from school police.
“Detectives from both agencies are on scene and the investigation is ongoing,” Ramirez said. “We are still gathering information regarding possible suspect description.”
Los Angeles schools Supt. Alberto Carvalho and school board President Kelly Gonez issued a joint statement after the shooting.
“It’s a sad day when our children are exposed to community violence,” they said. “We as adults have a collective responsibility to ensure we are buffers to our children by listening, protecting, connecting, modeling and making sure they continue to thrive and feel safe.”
The L.A. Unified School District will have counselors ready to help students and school employees, according to the statement. A student and family wellness hotline is available from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at (213) 241-3840.
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