Three children were injured Monday near Taft Elementary School when a man who had been asked to leave the Santa Ana campus was driving away and struck them, authorities said.

The 911 call came in at 8:23 a.m., said Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Sean Doran. The children were taken to a hospital with injuries not believed to be life-threatening, Doran said.

The suspect had asked to use a bathroom on the campus at 500 Keller Ave., according to Fermin Leal of the Santa Ana Unified School District.

When asked if he was a parent, he said no, and when a staffer denied him entry he barged his way through the gate, Leal said. Other staffers, including the principal, surrounded him and instructed him to leave the campus, Leal said.

He was told again to leave after he got into his car in the school parking lot. He then got into the collision three or four blocks from the campus, Leal said.

Police said they also found a suspicious incendiary device in the car. Orange County bomb squad personnel searched the vehicle and found three more incendiary devices, authorities said, but the campus resumed classes as normal.

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *