Madison Park Academy shooting: TWELVE-YEAR-OLD gunman arrested after opening fire and injuring student, 13

The incident prompted a mass evacuation while the student, who was shot, had to be hospitalized

Madison Park Academy shooting: TWELVE-YEAR-OLD gunman arrested after opening fire and injuring student, 13
Hundreds of students, staffers, and parents were seen crowding off the campus, trying to locate their loved ones (@EvanSernoffsky/Twitter)
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OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA: A 12-year-old boy has been arrested for shooting up a middle school in East Oakland on Monday, August 29, and injuring a student, 13. The incident prompted a mass evacuation while the student, who was shot, had to be hospitalized. The shooting took place on the campus of Madison Park Academy, following which officials had to evacuate the school, situated in the Sobrante Park neighborhood of the California city.

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According to police, the gunman tried to flee after carrying out the attack. The shooting was carried out as the school day was coming to an end at around 2 pm. However, the boy was captured. Officials have not confirmed whether the shooter was a student of the same school. Officials located and retrieved the gun used in the attack.

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Parents rushed to pick their children up from school as soon as they learned of the incident. The attack and the evacuation that followed caused a backup of traffic in the area, which is reportedly one of the most crime-ridden in the state. Hundreds of students, staffers, and parents were seen crowded off the campus, trying to locate their loved ones.

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The Alameda Country Sheriff's Office was among the first to respond to the scene. Deputies arrived to find the 13-year-old victim suffered from at least one gunshot wound. The child remains at the local hospital where they were rushed. Police have yet to share updates on the child's condition and it appears, as of now, that they are the sole victim of the attack. Local police are now probing what has come across as a seemingly premeditated strike.

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"You have heard from me over the last several weeks about a number of shootings and incidents that have happened at our schools, our playgrounds. This is impacting every area in our city. Nobody is immune from this level of gun violence," Oakland Police Chief LeRonne Armstrong said following the attack, according to Fox KTVU. The Oakland Police and the Alameda County Sheriff's Office remained on the scene in the hours after the shooter was nabbed. It has been reported that the two departments will be working on the case together.

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This shooting comes a few months after a deadly massacre unfolded at Robb Elementary school in Uvalde. 18-year-old Salvador Ramos barricaded himself inside a classroom and slaughtered 19 students and two teachers. Police faced sharp criticism for allegedly failing to stop the shooting quickly enough and come to the victims' rescue on time. Ramos was shot dead by an off-duty Customs and Border Protection agent from an elite tactical unit.

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