Two students injured in stabbing at John Marshall High School in Los Feliz, Calif. (L.A. Times)
Los Angeles police said Friday that two students have been injured in a stabbing at a high school in Los Feliz, Calif.
At least 15 people were wounded in the attack on a soccer field in the northeast Los Angeles suburb, Los Angeles police said. Two people were being treated for non-life threatening injuries.
Teens from the school, which is near San Pedro’s Civic Center, were playing soccer when they saw 20 to 25 boys fighting, police Lt. John Stewart said.
One of the students, whom Stewart described as a 20-year-old male student, stabbed several of them, killing one, before dropping his knife, giving the other one a shove, and then fleeing from the scene, Stewart said.
A second student, whose age was not immediately available, was stabbed in the head by the other teen.
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said the attack took place at school during a school-day assembly. Students were in the auditorium for a school-wide assembly when the attack occurred, he said.
“I don’t want to give the whole story but it was an attack that was in response to a student being stabbed or assaulted,” he said.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca said officials were gathering information about the attack as they processed it. He said they were still trying to locate the victim’s family and friends and were looking for two teenagers believed to be involved in the incident.
Stewart said the incident might have been triggered after a parent told the student’s parents that she had overheard the attack and was concerned for his safety. She then called police about 15 minutes after the attack, Stewart said.
Beck said a school resource officer was available to students during school hours and a crisis intervention hotline was also made available, but not staffed with officers. He said the resource officer