Student fires gun and shoots 13-year-old

A 13-year-old middle school student was injured in a shooting at Madison Park Academy in East Oakland and a 12-year-old suspect is believed to be in custody, authorities said.

Oakland police said the shooting happened around 1:30 p.m. Monday at the school in the Sobrante Park neighborhood. Few details were immediately available.

KTVU reported that a 12-year-old suspect was arrestedciting information from sheriff’s deputies.

At a press conference to discuss a weekend of violence in Oakland, Police Chief LeRonne Armstrong confirmed the school shooting and said two students were involved. He said the student who was shot was in stable condition.

Armstrong spoke out against the spread of gun violence in colleges.

“Unfortunately, gun violence has also had an impact on our schools,” he said. “It’s impacting every neighborhood in our city.”

Armstrong said the reason for the shooting is unclear and police are investigating.

The school was evacuated after the shooting and placed under lock and key. More than 100 parents went to the school to get information and pick up their children. Deputies from the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the meetings, said Sgt. Ray Kelly, and the scene remained peaceful.

“The parents were very kind, very calm and understanding, very cooperative,” he said. “It was not a chaotic scene.”

Oakland councilwoman Treva Reid, whose district includes the school, said she rushed to Madison Park Academy after receiving a call from an area police captain about the shooting around 14 hours. She seemed shaken, at a loss for words.

“I’m outraged,” she said, standing in front of the school.

She said she came to the school to try to find out what happened and to provide support to students, teachers and school staff.

Shortly after 4 p.m., the school grounds were empty of students and parents. Teachers and campus staff were heading for a meeting.

On Monday evening, the Oakland Education Association released a statement expressing the sentiments of teachers and calling on OUSD to listen to community concerns about school safety.

“Educators are shaken, sad, horrified and stressed following today’s Madison Park school shooting that injured a student,” said OAS President Keith Brown. “Our public schools should be safe havens for students, free from the fear of gun violence. Every student, no matter where they live or go to school, deserves to feel safe, valued, engaged, challenged, and healthy in the classroom and in their community.

Mayor Libby Schaff called the latest incident of gun violence “heartbreaking and unacceptable” in a Tweet on Monday.

“As a mother and mayor, I am relieved the young victim from Madison is in stable condition and a suspect has been apprehended,” she tweeted. “We will hold accountable those who cause harm in Oakland, and we will come together to heal from these traumatic events.”

Oakland Unified School District spokesman John Sasaki said any additional information should come from the Oakland Police Department. He said the school district may release a statement later.

Armstrong called on parents and the community to help keep guns away from children.

“It saddens me to think that a child would bring a gun to school, and that gun would obviously come out and hit another student on campus,” he said.

“There are far too many guns on our streets. And it’s only a matter of time before incidents like this happen. We must do better when parents see guns, family, relatives, friends see guns, they must call us. They have to remove them. We need to get these guns out of the hands of these children.

Joel Umanzor, Jessica Flores and Michael Cabanatuan are the editors of the San Francisco Chronicle. E-mail:, and Twitter: @jessmflores @ctuan

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