Shooting at California high school wounds 1; gunman sought

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Police officers search for a suspect in a shooting at Ridgway High School in Santa Rosa, Calif., Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019. (Beth Schlanker/The Press Democrat via AP)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A gunman shot and wounded one person at a Northern California high school Tuesday, setting off a search for the assailant and locking down three schools.

Witnesses told police that the shooter fired three to four rounds with a handgun just outside Ridgway High School in Santa Rosa before running away, police Sgt. Summer Gloeckner said.

A male victim was shot at least once, reportedly in the abdomen, she said. The extent of his injuries was not immediately clear.

“We’re not sure if the suspect and victim knew each other,” Gloeckner said.

There were no further reports of violence on the campus, police said in a statement, and authorities do not consider it an active shooter situation.

“Santa Rosa police are actively searching for the lone shooter,” the statement said.

Police were called to the high school just before 9 a.m., after classes had begun. Officials locked down the school, as well as nearby Santa Rosa High School and Santa Rosa Junior College.

School district officials referred questions to police.

Ridgway High, about 55 miles (89 kilometers) north of San Francisco, has about 300 students, according to its website.

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