Authorities in Oakland, California claim that a 12-year-old child shot a 13-year-old boy at a school on Monday afternoon. According to Oakland Police Chief LeRonne Armstrong, the victim’s condition was stable following the gunshot at Madison Park Academy in East Oakland’s Sobrante Park neighborhood.
Armstrong added that officers “quickly and safely” took the boy into custody at around 1:30 p.m. and provided medical aid to the wounded student. “It saddens me to think a kid would bring a gun to school,” continued Armstrong, per NBC. “No parent wants to send their kids to school in the day and then be called saying, ‘Your kid’s been shot.’ It’s the worst call you can get.”
The shooting comes during a violent week in the city, with six deaths occurring in the last four days, according to the NBC Bay Area local affiliate. “Unfortunately, the city of Oakland continues to be plagued by gun violence,” Chief Armstrong said in a news conference Monday. “Sadly, we are coming off the heels of the deadliest month, and the deadliest week, that we’ve had all year. I’m afraid our community is becoming numb to this horrific behavior.”
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf said in a statement on Twitter Monday that the shooting was “unacceptable.” “School should be the safest place for our kids. As a mother and a mayor, I’m relieved the young victim at Madison is in stable condition and a suspect apprehended. The increased level of gun violence in our country and our city is heartbreaking and unacceptable,” she wrote.
Meanwhile, parents at the school were understandably shaken by the incident. “I left work immediately, went home, came straight up here. My kids are my world,” parent David Mann told NBC Bay Area. “Come on, man, this has got to stop, Oakland, this has got to stop.”
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