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9-Year-Old Boy Arrested After Shooting Classmates With BB Gun At Same Time As Saugus Mass Shooting

PASADENA (CBSLA) – A 9-year-old boy shot three of his own classmates with a BB gun at a Pasadena school around the same time a 16-year-old student opened fire at a high school in Santa Clarita Thursday morning, killing two of his classmates.

Washington Accelerated Elementary STEM Magnet School
The Washington Accelerated Elementary STEM Magnet School in Pasadena, Calif. Nov. 15, 2019. (CBS2)

At about 7:30 a.m. Thursday, a student at Washington Accelerated Elementary STEM Magnet School in the 1500 block of North Raymond Avenue shot three students with a BB gun, according to Pasadena police.

All three were struck, but none suffered serious injuries. None of them had to be taken to a hospital, police said.

The boy was arrested and then released to the custody of his mother. His name was not released because of his age. He was not back at school Friday.

The shooting occurred about 10 minutes before class was set to get underway. The gun was immediately seized by school staff. Police could not confirm exactly where on campus the shooting occurred.

In a statement to CBSLA, Pasadena Unified said: "The student has been subjected to appropriate discipline. Counselors are on campus to speak with students today."

Police will work with the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office Juvenile Division, the county Department of Children and Family Services and the Pasadena Unified School District to determine the next course of action.

The incident is not believed to be connected in any way to the mass shooting at Saugus High.

While ultimately no one was hurt, parents were still alarmed.

"I'm trying to send my kid here to get out of a violent situation," said mom Desaray Grayes. "A BB gun can still do some damage to somethin', an eye or somethin'."

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