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Los Angeles authorities arrest 13-year-old student over alleged middle school threat; gun, ammo, hit list seized

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Posted at 11:24 AM, Nov 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-22 15:33:53-05

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Sheriff's deputies responding to a report of "a student who threatened to shoot other students and staff" at a Los Angeles-area school arrested a 13-year-old student who was allegedly found with an unregistered assault rifle, ammunition, body armor and list of intended victims, officials said Friday.

The school in question was identified as Animo Mae Jemison Charter Middle School, located in southern Los Angeles.

On his Twitter page, Los Angeles County Undersheriff Murakami said sheriff's Century Station deputies "responded to a call of a student who threatened to shoot other students and staff. The investigation resulted in a search warrant -- the seizure of an AR-15 rifle, ammunition, list of intended victims and a drawing of the school layout. Great job by (deputies).

"Our Task Force arrested a (suspect) for dealing/possession of illegal firearms," Murakami said. "(Suspect) purchased parts on internet. Had a ghost rifle- fully auto, silencers, body armor and large quantity of ammunition. Great investigation."

At a morning news conference, authorities confirmed a 13-year-old student was taken into custody but did not disclose any other details on the teen.

News of the arrest came eight days after a 16-year-old student took a gun to Saugus High School and shot five other students, two fatally, before shooting himself in the head. That student died at a hospital the next day.

There have a been a rash of threats targeting various campuses in the past week. Covina police beefed up staffing Friday at Charter Oak High School in response to a possible threat targeting the school. Sheriff's deputies in Palmdale, meanwhile, said they arrested a student late Thursday for allegedly posting online threats targeting Pete Knight High School.