GRANADA HILLS — In what police suspect was a gang-related incident, a 16-year-old high school student was shot in the neck Thursday in Granada Hills after an argument outside the campus gates an hour after classes let out for the summer.
The unidentified victim was taken to Northridge Hospital Medical Center, where he was listed in stable condition after suffering a superficial wound from what appeared to be a .22-caliber gun. Hospital officials said he was doing well and would likely be released today.
John F. Kennedy High School Principal Warren Mason said the assailant, who fled on foot, was not believed to be a student. The shooting occurred as preparations for graduation Thursday night were underway. The school day ended about an hour before the shooting.
A witness said the victim had been standing on the sidewalk with about 15 other students about 1:30 p.m. when another youth walked up. The two had a brief exchange of words before the assailant pulled out a gun and shot the 10th-grader in the neck, the witness said.