Sheriff’s deputies responding to a report of “a student who threatened to shoot other students and staff” at a Southland school arrested a suspect who was allegedly found with an unregistered assault rifle, ammunition, body armor and list of intended victims, officials said Friday.
The school in question was not immediately disclosed by the sheriff’s department. Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villaneuva, Undersheriff Tim Murakami and other officials planned a late-morning news conference at the downtown Los Angeles Hall of Justice to discuss the case.
On his Twitter page, Murakami said sheriff’s Century Station deputies “responded to a call of a student who threatened to shoot other students and staff. The investigation resulted in a search warrant — the seizure of an AR-15 rifle, ammunition, list of intended victims and a drawing of the school layout. Great job by (deputies).
“Our Task Force arrested a (suspect) for dealing/possession of illegal firearms,” Murakami said. “(Suspect) purchased parts on internet. Had a ghost rifle- fully auto, silencers, body armor and large quantity of ammunition. Great investigation.”
News of the arrest came eight days after a 16-year-old student took a gun to Saugus High School and shot five other students, two fatally, before shooting himself in the head. That student died at a hospital the next day.
There have a been a rash of threats targeting various campuses in the past week. Covina police beefed up staffing Friday at Charter Oak High School in response to a possible threat targeting the school. Sheriff’s deputies in Palmdale, meanwhile, said they arrested a student late Thursday for allegedly posting online threats targeting Pete Knight High School.
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