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Boy, 14, charged with attempted murder after shooting at Calif. high school

Brittny Mejia, Los Angeles Times on

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LOS ANGELES -- A 14-year-old has been charged with attempted murder in connection with a shooting at a Palmdale high school last week.

The boy was charged with two counts of attempted murder, six counts of assault with an assault weapon and one count of possessing a firearm in a school zone, according to Greg Risling, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.

The teenager, who denied the charges, had recently transferred out of Highland High School but returned to the campus May 11 with a rifle and fired about 10 rounds, at least some from a bathroom, authorities said.

One student, a 15-year-old boy, was wounded. He is expected to fully recover, authorities said.

The shooting sparked widespread panic and drew a massive law enforcement response to the school, where students were advised to shelter in place as the campus went on lockdown. Several students texted and tweeted that they could hear gunfire, urging others to stay away.

The 14-year-old's next court date is for a pretrial hearing June 28.

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