10/18/2007

Calif. teen arrested after gun incident on campus

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By Eric Louie
Staff Writer

SAN RAMON, Calif. — San Ramon police arrested a 17-year-old boy Tuesday who they say went to California High School during lunch Tuesday and threatened a student, telling him he had a gun.

The boy, who is not a student at the San Ramon school, was arrested at his Kittery Avenue home just south of campus, San Ramon police Sgt. Steve Fajardo said. The weapon was a BB gun that resembled a semiautomatic handgun, he said.

Fajardo said there were conflicting stories about what started the incident, in which the suspect and another boy -- who also is not a Cal High student -- had a confrontation with a group of two to three boys from the school. School district spokesman Terry Koehne said it was over a girl. Fajardo said someone in the suspect's group was involved with a girl who attended the school.

Fajardo said the confrontation started at the world language building on campus. The suspect said he was going to his car to get a gun, Fajardo said. As they drove away, he showed the gun. The confrontation never got physical.

"It was all words," Fajardo said.

Students told administrators about the incident. They contacted the school resource officer.

An officer who had a description of the car saw the vehicle at the suspect's home while he was arriving at the school, Fajardo said.

The boy, who last attended high school in Hayward but currently is not in school, was arrested on suspicion of bringing a pellet gun onto school grounds, Fajardo said.
 
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