Shooting plot at El Camino High School in SoCal thwarted, police say

ByAmy Powell and ABC7.com staff KABC logo
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Shooting plot at high school in Whittier thwarted, police say
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Los Angeles County sheriff's officials said deputies may have thwarted a student's plot to open fire at El Camino High School in Whittier.

WHITTIER, Calif. -- Los Angeles County sheriff's officials said deputies may have thwarted a student's plot to open fire at El Camino High School in Whittier.

Deputies with the Norwalk sheriff's station responded to the school on Friday to investigate a criminal threats call. The deputies learned a school security officer overheard a "disgruntled student" threaten a school shooting.

The investigation resulted in finding a collection of weapons and ballistic evidence at the student's home, authorities said.

Authorities did not provide further details Tuesday, but said they will be holding a press conference Wednesday morning.

The threat came only two days after a former student opened fire and killed 17 students and faculty at a Florida high school.