At least six people were injured in a shooting on a high school campus in Oakland, Calif., on Wednesday, police say.
Witnesses told police that a car pulled up outside the common grounds of Rusdale Newcomer High School and Bay Area Technology School around 12:45 a.m., and three armed men got out and began to drive. shoot before running away.
The school is now safe from threats, according to Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf.
The six victims are all over the age of 18, although it is unclear whether any of the injured are students, the mayor said.
“Our schools are sanctuaries for our children,” Ms Schaaf said in a statement on Twitter on Wednesday.
“The rampant access to guns in our country is inexcusable,” she added.
Five people were taken to local hospitals for treatment, including three people with serious injuries.
A 13-year-old student called out for her father as she was hiding under his desk and gunshots could be heard in the background.
“I didn’t have too much information but I rushed,” the father told KTVU. “I was about to rush the police. I was on the front line, and they wouldn’t let me through. I asked them, ‘What if it was your daughter?'”
The police assembled the parents and their children in a church across from the campus.
A student inside the school said he heard about seven gunshots to police.
“It was like pop-pop-pop,” he can be heard saying on his cellphone video obtained by KTVU.
Oakland Police Department Capt. Casey Johnson said at a press briefing at the scene that officials are asking members of the public with video relevant to the shooting to share their information with police.
The San Francisco office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is assisting police with the investigation.
The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office is also at the scene.
The latest incident is the second school shooting in a month in Oakland, after a 13-year-old was injured when a student brought a gun to school and accidentally triggered it, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Officials were expected to address the public Wednesday night with more details.
Police have not released any details about the potential suspects or the motives involved in the shooting.
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