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The BBC's David Willis in San Diego
"He reloaded his revolver at least four times, a broad grin on his face"
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Tuesday, 6 March, 2001, 20:11 GMT
Guns at shooting suspect's home
Students grieve for their classmates
Students grieve for their classmates
Police investigating the shooting at a school in California have seized seven rifles from the home of the teenage boy who was arrested following the incident.

The boy - who has been identified as Charles Andrew Williams - is accused of killing two fellow students and injuring 13 other people.


We have established no real motive. He did not have any particular targets in mind

Police spokesman Jerry Lewis
Police say that the 15-year-old fired more than 30 shots after bursting into the boys' toilets.

Some 100 witnesses have already been interviewed, including two friends of the teenager who, police say, were told of his plans to mount the attack, but ignored the warning.

'Taunted'

Joshua Stevens, a friend of the boy, said that over the weekend the suspect "was joking on and off that he was going to come to school and shoot people".

Some fellow students said the boy had been taunted for being skinny.

One, Jessica Moore, 15, described the suspect as a "loner type". She said other students picked on him and called him such names as "dork", "freak" and "nerd".

Police Swat team
Police rushed to the scene and searched the premises
The shooting occurred just after the start of classes at Santana High School in Santee, about 16km (10 miles) northeast of San Diego.

Police arrived on the scene to find panicked teenagers running and screaming in the halls.

Eyewitnesses said the teenager emerged from the bathroom and started firing his gun in the courtyard.

'It's just me'

"The kid came out of the bathroom and he was smiling with a handgun. It didn't sound loud. The kid was shooting and firing randomly. It was chaos," student John Schardt said.

memorial
Memorial: Parents placed flowers at the school
The wounded were discovered near the boys' toilets.

One of the teenage victims died on the scene and the other died later in hospital. They were named as Brian Zuckor, 14, and Randy Gordon, 15.

It was the worst episode of school violence since two students at Columbine High School in Colorado killed 13 students and a teacher before taking their own lives, two years ago.

Although the school was closed on Tuesday, students, parents and others gathered outside to place flowers at a makeshift memorial site and share their grief.


He was picked on because he was one of the scrawniest guys. People called him freak, dork, nerd, stuff like that

Jessica Moore, student
President George W Bush described the attack as a disgraceful, cowardly act.

The boy surrendered in the bathroom, dropped his gun and said he acted alone, telling officers: "It's just me," according to officials.

The authorities said they evacuated the school's 2,000 students, taking them to a nearby shopping centre.

Local television station KGTV said that a guard and a guidance counsellor were among the wounded.

The shooting is likely to again raise questions about the widespread availability of guns in the United States, which has suffered a wave of shootings in its schools.

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