Sheriff's deputies in the Los Angeles area found an AR-15-style rifle, 100 rounds of ammunition, a list of names and a drawing of a middle school in the home of a 13-year-old boy who classmates heard threaten to carry out a school shooting, authorities said. The school in question has not been named by sheriff's officials.
A 13-year-old student and an adult family member have been arrested in connection with a serious threat against a South Los Angeles middle school, and an AR-15 assault rifle and a list of targeted students have been seized, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said Friday.
"The fact that people stepped forward" and reported what they heard allowed authorities to "prevent a possible tragedy today", said the sheriff.
Deputies initiated the investigation after receiving a call of the alleged threat, according to Undersheriff Tim Murakami.
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Multiple students overheard the threat, Villanueva said, and teachers emailed the administration about their concerns.
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He says the boy was arrested at his home on suspicion of making criminal threats.
Berhow used the.45-caliber handgun to kill two classmates at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita on November 14 before shooting himself.
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Additional details, including the targeted school, were not immediately released by authorities. Villanueva also said that another arrest of a minor had taken place in a separate case in Palmdale, north of Los Angeles. The man, who was not identified, was held on $35,000 bail, he said. Villanueva later clarified the weapon has a serial number.
The South L.A. threat is one of 36 school threats reported in L.A. County since the Saugus shooting, sheriff's officials said. No weapon was recovered in the case.
Villanueva said Thursday that Nathaniel Berhow's.45 caliber, 1911-model replica semi-automatic pistol was assembled from gun parts and did not have a serial number. Police still don't know where and when the shooter got the gun or what was his motive for shooting at Saugus High.
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