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Counselors on Hand Today After Shooting Near Van Nuys Charter School

September 21, 2018 - 7:44 am

VAN NUYS (CNS/KNX 1070) - Counselors and psychologists are on hand this morning for students and staff after a shooting near the campus of a charter school in Van Nuys.

The gunfire left a student and assistant teacher wounded.

The student spoke with CBS-2:

He says at first he didn't realize he'd been hit.

Police arrested two suspects and recovered a gun. There will be extra patrols in the area as well.

In a statement on its website, administrators at the  CHAMPS Charter High School of the Arts say they understand if parents want their children to stay home today to process what happened.

Two people were injured Thursday in a shooting outside a Jack in the Box restaurant in Van Nuys, prompting a lockdown at a charter high school across the street.

The shooting was reported around noon in the 6800 block of Van Nuys Boulevard, near CHAMPS Charter High School of the Arts. By early afternoon, one suspect had been taken into custody and a second was still being sought.

Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. Barry Montgomery said one of the shooting victims was a woman who worked at the school. The other victim was a teenage boy who attended the school.

Montgomery said he could not confirm if the pair were targeted in the shooting or unintended victims. Fox11 reported from the scene that the pair were in a crosswalk across from the restaurant and were struck by stray gunfire. The station also reported that the woman was a teacher at the school.

Both victims were seen being placed into ambulances and both appeared to have minor injuries. Los Angeles Fire Department Deputy Chief Trevor Richmond said both suffered from "extremity wounds" and they were both considered stable.

Police stressed the shooting did not occur on the school campus, but outside the Jack in the Box restaurant. Its proximity to the school, however, prompted parents of students to flock to the area in hopes of retrieving their children.

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