California high school dance shooting injures six teens

By Jacque Wilson, CNN • Updated 8th March 2021

A shooting Saturday at a high school dance in southern California that wounded six teenagers has prompted police to urge the public to look for two vehicles involved.

Please help us find the shooters involved in today’s shooting at Canyon Springs High School! Please look for two vehicles involved, a white Toyota Camry or Camry 4Runner. The license plates: 855AAJS and 815MNV — CHP San Diego (@Chula VistaPD) March 3, 2017

Witnesses told police they saw two people in ski masks shoot at people attending a dance at Canyon Springs High School in San Diego County, the US Attorney’s Office said.

“Police believe the suspects got away in either a white Camry or a white Camry 4Runner and are asking the public for help identifying them,” the office said.

The weapons used were a pellet gun or a .22-caliber revolver, the prosecutor’s office said.

Four boys were in critical condition, two girls were in serious condition and two others were in fair condition, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The injured were taken to a local hospital, the school district said.

The San Diego Union-Tribune, citing the hospital, said six people were involved. CNN could not independently confirm this number.

The shooting occurred in an “area of the promenade” of the school, CHP Officer Joe Clausius said.

The prom was being held at the school, which is a high school for students from Fallbrook, and about a mile away from the San Diego County Fairgrounds, where the dance was being held.

“The boys were held at a distance from the girls so they wouldn’t be surrounded by girls. That is when it happened,” Fallbrook Union High School District Superintendent Frank Lomeli told reporters at a press conference.

Authorities have not found the shooters or said what may have motivated the shooting. There was “no indication it was gang-related,” Clausius said.

Lomeli commended the first responders, who responded in 15 minutes, “in a very hostile environment.”

Fallbrook is a suburb of San Diego.

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