Police arrest 13-year-old who allegedly threatened to shoot up his school

Posted at 10:48 AM, Nov 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-23 11:48:58-05

A 13-year-old student at an LA Middle School was arrested Thursday.

He had planned a shooting for Friday, according to Sheriff Alex Villanueva with the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department.

"The students that the suspect made the threat to reported it to the school administration. And they in turn reported it to us," said Villanueva.

The student's home was searched.

"A rifle with a high capacity magazine was seized along with ammunition for the rifle. And that is the rifle that was seized," said Villanueva.

Police also seized around 100 rounds of ammunition.

The subject also had in his possession a rudimentary hand-drawn map of the school as well as a list containing names of both students and staff members from the school.

Hi arrest comes one week after a 16-year-old student at Saugus High School, just north of LA, opened fire on five of his classmates.

"It was very scary we ran , we heard the one shot and then four after," said a witness.

Fifteen-year-old GracieMuehlberger and a 14-year-old, Dominic Blackwell, were killed.

Authorities then repeated the well-worn mantra: If you see something, say something.

Since then, LA County Sheriff's Department says they've received numerous reports of threats made to schools.

And here in South LA, say something, see something, might have just saved a lot of lives.

"The fact that people stepped forward and said what they had heard led to us to being able to prevent a tragedy today. So definitely kudos to the staff and students of this school," said Villanueva.