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EL CAJON SCHOOL SHOOTINGS

5 Hurt in Gunfire at High School Near San Diego; Student Is Held

Violence: A police officer who was on campus ends the assault by shooting the gunman. No motive is known, but suspect 'did love his guns,' former neighbor says.

March 23, 2001|ERIN TEXEIRA and GREG KRIKORIAN and SCOTT MARTELLE | TIMES STAFF WRITERS

"Bryan is just a very sweet boy who wants to make people laugh," said the mother. "Bryan doesn't say anything bad about anyone. He's a very obedient kid."

But then her voice got very quiet.

"It's very bad because I really miss him a lot," she said "Every day, I'm just trying to make every day pass by. It's upsetting I won't see him again. He's not coming home."

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Times staff writers Martha Groves, Michael Krikorian, Duke Helfand, Scott Gold, Noaki Schwartz and Terry McDermott contributed to this story.

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More Inside

Fear on the Web: Threats of campus violence have spread fast and furious, experts say, A28

Victims' Reactions: Teachers, students and their families reflect on the school shooting, A29

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The Shooting Scene

The shooting at Granite Hills High School in El Cajon occurred shortly before 1 p.m. Police caught the suspect about 5 minutes later. Here is a look at the scene:

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Suspect parks truck in bus drop off area.

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Suspect shoots into windows of administration building. Security officer inside exchanges shots with suspect.

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Officer chases suspect into street, where a second officer joins him. First officer catches suspect and handcuffs him.

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Sources: Staff reports; Granite Hills High School Web site

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