Authorities on Monday night were searching for a 13-year-old Palmdale boy who left an apparent suicide note and may have taken his father's gun before he was reported missing.
Nigel Hardy was despondent because he had been suspended from school, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.
"While searching the young man’s room, his father found an apparent suicide note. It was also discovered the father’s firearm was missing," department officials said in a statement.
Authorities said it was unclear whether Nigel fled with the weapon. He was reported missing about 9:15 a.m. Monday in 2300 Block of West Avenue N-8.
Nigel is described as white approximately, about 5-foot 1-inches tall, and weighing 127 pounds, authorities said. He has dark brown wavy hair and was wearing a black, long-sleeve shirt, dark pants and gray Nike shoes.