COVINA - Police arrested two teens Wednesday who had planned to indiscriminately open fire on fellow Covina High School students at a school assembly, but didn’t go through with it.
The 15- and 16-year-old suspects, both West Covina residents, admitted their plans to police after they were arrested shortly before 2 p.m., West Covina Police Chief Frank Wills said.
"Both suspects admitted, independent of each other, planning to bring guns to school and shoot people during an assembly," Wills said.
The teenage suspects also admitted bringing guns to school on three previous occasions in recent months, Wills said, which witnesses confirmed.
"That’s when we knew we had something serious," the chief said. "We
The teenage suspects were booked on suspicion of possession of a loaded and concealed firearm, possession of a loaded firearm on a school campus, making criminal threats and burglary, West Covina police said.
Both were taken to Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall in Downey.
Previous reports suggested the students had planned to attack at an upcoming assembly, but school principal Claudia Karnoski clarified Friday the students had said they wanted to attack an assembly around the time of Easter. The students then did not go through with it, Karnoski said.
The boys did not have any specific targets in mind, he said.
The 16-year-old suspect stole the handguns from a gun safe in a West Covina garage more than a month ago, police said.
The guns, a .357-caliber revolver and a .40-caliber Glock semi-automatic handgun, were recovered from the 16-year-old boy’s home, Wills said.
The both weapons was fully loaded.
The 16-year-old boy was arrested at his home, while the other boy was taken into custody without incident at the high school, Wills said.
A motive for the planned shooting was not known.
In addition to the handguns, police seized as evidence a drawing done by one of the boys depicting a hooded figure shooting another person in the head, with the word "exterminate" written below, the chief said. "It’s fairly graphic."
Wills said there are not believed to be any additional suspects.
"The shared opinion of the West Covina Police Department, Covina High School officials and the Covina PD, which assisted us, is that the Covina High School campus is absolutely safe at this time," Wills said.Read more
Star testing is almost over,(started 4/22.) Arturo Garcia, a student at SHHS, said, "I’m so glad testing is over, it was so boring". Although everyone dislikes the testing and finds it boring, we all love minimum days. We all like getting out early and either going home, hanging with friends, or just straight out party.
Also now that testing has begun it is already half way over because we only have the Science portion to finish. So even if it seems boring to you, we have so much to look forward to. Those 2 testing days just flew by and almost made you forget that you are testing because of the half days.
How would you rate your school? South Hills High School has been rated 6 out of 10. We still have room for improvement but who doesn’t, right.
On www.greatschools.net, you can check your school’s rating, the other school’s ratings around your neighborhood, and even the school ratings in other states. You are also given the opportunity to rate the schools in this site.
On this web site you can also get a heads up on which school, from K-12, you want to send your kids in the future. You can check what test they take and the outcome of how the students do.
The Dodgers have now fallen to the last place in the NL West with a record of 7-11. They were swept by the Braves and now need to start thinking how they will end their losing streak.
They need to set goals in order to start turning a loss into a win. “Right now our goal is .500," Torre said, "Once we get there, we can set another goal.”
Kuroda will need to pitch better and with the help of his team they will be able to win and make the playoffs. All the fans can do now is come and support the Dodgers in this difficult time.
If you would like to learn more, Go Blue.
Something new that came up to help out the Dodgers is a whole new makeover. Dodger’s owner Frank McCourt unveiled a stadium make over that would cost a total of $500 million.
The money will go into a project that will include parking structures, a Dodger’s history museum, and a mini mall behind center field that will connect to shops and restaurants.
Hopefully with the new make-over, the Dodgers will have more of a motivation to change up a bad record into a great one.