The teenager who was shot at outside of a Santa Rosa high school in Northern California is expected to survive. The 17-year-old suspect was detained and will be arrested and charged with attempted murder.
Speaking with reporters, Santa Rosa Police Captain John Cregan said this was an isolated act of violence that started with a verbal altercation between the two teenagers.
"It's too early in the investigation to say if this had any gang involvement. What we can say is that it appeared to be an isolated incident between two students," Cregan said. "We did confirm that both the victim and suspects are students at Ridgeway High School."
Police said the suspect pulled out a firearm and shot the 16-year-old victim twice just after 9 a.m. at the Ridgeway Continuation High School in Santa Rosa. Two schools near the incident, including Santa Rosa High and Santa Rosa JC, were locked down while police searched for the suspect.
"The evidence shows they had a verbal altercation in front of the school grounds. The suspect produced a handgun, fired multiple rounds, and the victim was struck twice," Cregan said.
Cregan says the evidence is clear that there is no threat to other students and no indication that any other students were involved.
Photo: Getty Images