PHOTO: Man holding a gun in his hand behind his back, close-up view, Police Line Do Not Cross

It was the most talked about High Desert story on April 29, 2021.

Several locals on Facebook speculated on a possible shooting at Victor Valley High School just after 12:00pm. As the school went into lockdown, the tension rose and speculative information started to rise in the comments section of some local social media pages. One person commented "I live right by the back gate and heard 2 shots and some yelling" while another user stated "A mom told me she saw SWAT."

Deputies with the Victorville Police Department were dispatched to Victor Valley High School for reports of shots fired. When police arrived on scene at 12:10 pm they immediately began working with school officials to secure the campus and locate any victims and suspects.

During the investigation, it was discovered several males engaged in a verbal argument in the school parking lot. The group of males left the parking lot through a back gate. However, the argument continued to escalate until it became a physical altercation. The escalation broke into a fight on Fresno Street which dead ends directly behind the campus. During the fight, the suspect retrieved a handgun he had in his possession and fired three shots towards the others. An 18-year old male was struck in the foot by one of the rounds and the suspect fled the scene.

The victim, a student at Victor Valley High School, was treated at the scene by medical personnel and subsequently transported to a local hospital. He was later released. It was reported that the 18 year old is expected to fully recover. A 16-year old victim, also a student at the school, received minor injuries from the physical altercation and was treated on scene.

Several officers executed a complete and thorough sweep of the school campus to ensure the safety of all students and staff. A large number of deputies, including Victorville Police Department’s Gang Team began gathering information to determine the identity of the suspect and his whereabouts.

Police were able to identify the 17-year old suspect, who is not a student of Victor Valley High School. He was discovered in house not too far away in the 15700 block of Inyo street. The boy was arrested and did not put up a fight. Authorities booked him at San Bernardino County Juvenile Detention Center for attempted murder, threatening crime with intent to terrorize, minor in possession of a concealed weapon, and discharging a firearm in a school zone.

VVUHSD Public Engagement Information Manager Kris Reilly was able to release information about VVHSD's immediate response until police could secure the scene.  

Public Engagement Information Manager