Man gave teen gun, police say

first_imgWHITTIER – Deputies arrested a La Habra man Friday for allegedly providing the gun a 14-year-old boy brought to a middle school. The 25-year-old man was booked on suspicion of being an ex-felon with a gun and of furnishing a gang member with a gun, said Lt. George Zagurski of the sheriff’s Operation Safe Streets Bureau, which handles gangs. He didn’t release the man’s name because deputies are looking for other people possibly involved. The suspect is a gang member, Zagurski added. The man was being held at the sheriff’s Pico Rivera Station in lieu of $45,000 bail. He is scheduled to appear Tuesday at Whittier Superior Court. The Whittier teen was arrested Thursday after deputies found the loaded weapon hidden in a planter at Katherine Edwards Middle School in unincorporated West Whittier. He remains at Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall in Downey. The incident is gang-related, said authorities. “We don’t have anything that shows this is connected to any planned school violence,” Zagurski said. He said the teen was recently initiated into a gang and told deputies he brought the gun to school for protection. The boy apparently feared a rival gang would go after him. Another student who overheard the teen talk about the gun he hid told school officials who then called deputies. On Friday morning, it was business as usual at the 1,000-student school, where parents and their children were in the typical rush to get to classes by the 8 a.m. bell. Angelina Santana, 37, said she had actually forgotten about the incident from the night before when her son Gustavo, a sixth-grader, brought it up. But she had no qualms about his safety when she dropped him off Friday morning. “I have no concerns, and I think maybe others are also taking it lightly because of where we live,” Santana said. “I’ve lived here since I was born, and we wouldn’t expect something like this to happen around here.” But Santana said she believes school officials should consider putting in metal detectors to ward off such incidents in the future. “They do it at the schools in Los Angeles, but not here,” she added. “Why is that?” Staff Writer Tracy Garcia contributed to this story. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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