OAKLAND, Calif. — A 12-year-old boy was taken into custody Monday on suspicion of shooting and wounding another student at a school in East Oakland, authorities said.
Reports of a shooting sent officers to the Madison Park Academy in the Sobrante Park neighborhood around 1:30 p.m., police said.
A 13-year-old boy was found with a gunshot wound, and another boy ran away after the shooting but was quickly apprehended, Oakland Police Chief LeRonne Armstrong said at a news conference.
The injured student was hospitalized in stable condition, he said.
Armstrong said both boys were students at the school, which has about 750 students in grades 6 to 12.
Other details were not immediately released or remained under investigation.
“It makes me sad to even think that a child would bring a gun to school,” Armstrong said. “No parent wants to send their child to school for the day and then be called saying their child was shot. It’s the worst thing you can hear.”
“But there are 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.” .
“Our hearts go out to the student who suffered this terrible injury and his family,” the Oakland Unified School District said in a statement Monday night.
The district said someone had a gun at the school and a round “went off,” but added that it was unlikely to provide further information or correct the rumors during the ongoing police investigation.
The counseling would be available to students and staff when school reopens Tuesday, the district said.
“Violence across our nation and here in Oakland has been on the rise, and this is one example of how issues in the community can spill over into schools,” the statement said. “We must come together to address guns and violence in our city of Oakland. community and with our youth.
The teachers’ union said educators were “shocked, saddened, horrified and stressed.”
“We are committed to doing whatever it takes to make sure this never happens again,” said Keith Brown, president of the Oakland Education Association, which according to its website represents nearly 3,000 teachers, counselors, nurses, psychologists, librarians and Oakland District speech pathologists. , social workers and substitute teachers.
“Educators have grave concerns about the resources that are readily available to meet the needs of our students,” Brown’s statement said. “Our public schools must be safe havens for students, free from the fear of gun violence.”