Covina High School Shooting – Two adolescents at a suburban high school were reported to have two loaded handguns, a horrific painting of a murder, and plans to murder people at random on campus by the local police. Before there could be any altercation, the 15 and 16-year-old men were taken into custody on Thursday.
The problem started when the stepfather of the older child reported to the West Covina police that his firearms had been stolen from a gun locker. While the other youngster was arrested at school, one student was detained at his home. The residence of the older boy included a Glock handgun with a.40-caliber barrel, a Smith & Wesson handgun with a.357-caliber barrel, multiple rounds of rifle ammo, but no actual rifles.
The investigators also grabbed a child’s sketch depicting a character shooting another character in the head while wearing a hood. The word “Exterminate” was scrawled underneath the drawing, according to Lieutenant Ron Mitchell of the West Covina Police Department. According to Mitchell, the guys allegedly admitted to police that they had brought the weapons onto the Covina High School campus three times before and that they were thinking about using them.
Mitchell asserted that as a result of the interviews, “we were of the opinion that they were, at some point, going to randomly shoot people at school.” According to Sandi Gibbons, a spokesperson for the district attorney’s office, the young man, who is only 16 years old, was charged on Friday with conspiracy to commit murder, grand theft of a weapon, being a juvenile in possession of a gun, and having a firearm on campus. Although the second youngster, a 15-year-old, is accused of the same alleged crimes as the first, he is only accused of receiving stolen property as opposed to grand theft.