Crime & Justice

Los Angeles school officer shot near El Camino Real High School

A group of police officers search outside El Camino Real High School in the Woodland Hills section of Los Angeles, Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011.
A group of police officers search outside El Camino Real High School in the Woodland Hills section of Los Angeles, Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011.
AP Photo/Jae C. Hong

A school police officer was shot near the San Fernando Valley's El Camino Real High School but his bulletproof vest took the hit Wednesday, one day after an accidental shooting wounded two students at a school on the other side of the city, authorities said.

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Students from Woodlake Elementary School are expected to be released shortly, according to LA City Council President Eric Garcetti. Parents are being asked to pick up their children at Calabash Elementary School, 23055 Eugene St. in Woodland Hills.

Parents should bring identification.

Students at El Camino Real High School are also expected to be released shortly. They will be released at the southwest corner of the campus on Valley Circle Boulevard.

Students are already being released from Hale Middle School.

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About 300 students who take a bus to school are about to be released from Hale Middle School, followed by remaining students whose parents are at the campus to pick them up.

School officials say the remaining roughly 1,200 students will be released one-by-one so officials can check identification of parents.

- KPCC Wire Services

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LAPD Chief Charlie Beck says Officer Jeff Stenroos is in fair condition. He suffered a bruise on his chest and some minor injuries when he fell after being shot at.

Beck said the gunman is about 40-years-old, white, has long brown hair, and was wearing a black bomber jacket and blue jeans.


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Seven schools remain on lockdown: El Camino Real High School and neighboring Hale Middle School, Welby Way, Woodlake, Calabash, Pomelo, Haynes and Lockhurst elementary schools, and Miguel Leonis Continuation School.


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City Police Chief Charlie Beck says more than 350 law enforcement officers are scouring the neighborhood for the man who shot a LAUSD officer near El Camino Real High School. Nine schools have been locked down.

- Associated Press

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The LAUSD officer who was shot today near El Camino Real High School has been identified as eight-year veteran Jeff Stenroos. School police Chief Steve Zipperman says Stenroos approached a suspect who was possibly breaking into cars, and when he confronted the man, the officer was shot in the chest.

The bullet hit the officer's bulletproof vest, leaving him with only a chest bruise. Stenroos may be released from the hospital later this afternoon, according to Dr. Stephen Jones of Northridge Hospital Medical Center.

- KPCC wire services


The officer was in his car outside El Camino Real High School in Woodland Hills when he was hit shortly after 11:30 a.m., Robert Alaniz, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Unified School District, told KTLA-TV.

The officer was taken to a hospital in fair condition, Fire Department Capt. Jaime Moore told KCAL-TV.

Alaniz said the bullet hit the officer's protective vest and he was alert.

Dozens of city police cars sealed off the area and the school itself was locked down after the shooting as officers hunted for a suspect described as a man in his 40s with a black jacket and long hair.

The shooting occurred a day after two 15-year-old students were wounded at Gardena High School when a gun hidden in a student's backpack accidentally discharged.

Wednesday's shooting didn't involve any students, Alaniz said.

"There is no jeopardy to any student," incoming district superintendent John Deasy told KABC-TV.

© 2011 The Associated Press.