Teenager arrested after classmate shot with rifle at high school

Highland High School in Palmdale California

Los Angeles County Sheriff's officials said reports of the shooting came in around 7:05 a.m. from the campus, located at 39055 25th St.

Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies are responding to a report of a man with a gun at a high school in the city of Palmdale.

Deputies were still searching Highland High School in Palmdale, California, around 8:15 a.m. local time (1515 GMT), a little more than an hour after the reports first arrived.

The school's principal also took to Twitter, appealing people to stay away from the campus "Law enforcement is working to assess the situation", the message from Principal Chris Grado says. "Apparently, the person was already apprehended", Palmdale Schools Supt. Harris said the firearm was recovered "a distance away in the desert".

The shooter was detained off campus by officers, at a Vons grocery store, near the school's premises, as reported by CNN. That individual, later identified as a 14-year-old student at the school, was detained at a shopping center. WATCH: Sheriff's spokesman discusses school shooting in Palmdale "A bunch of kids started running out to me, towards me, with very panicked looks on their faces", Alexander said. Incident appears to be between the two of them.

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Although authorities managed to get some students off campus, dozens of others had to shelter in place until deputies could clear the campus.

A news conference was expected shortly at the Antelope Valley Mall. Isaiah, 19, is a special needs students but said he did hear the shot earlier Friday morning.

"They said there was a shooter", Mr Root said.

She says there's no information about that caller and no confirmation of the report. Student Pauline Guijaro said she heard a volley of "around 10 gunshots".

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