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California Moms Demand Action, Everytown Respond to School Shooting in Los Angeles

Belmont High School and Sal Castro Middle School Campus Shooting is at Least the 14th School Shooting in 2018; 287th School Shooting Since 2013

LOS ANGELES – The California chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, part of Everytown for Gun Safety, responded to a shooting today at the campus of Belmont High School and Sal Castro Middle School. While details are still unfolding, reports indicate at least two 15-year-old students were shot and injured. According to reports, a suspect has been caught.

According to Everytown research, this was at least the 14th school shooting nationwide in 2018, and at least the 287th since January 2013. Everytown and Moms Demand Action have kept an index of school shootings in America since 2013 – recording anytime a firearm is discharged inside a school building or on a school campus or grounds.

STATEMENT FROM BARBARA KING -WILSON, VOLUNTEER WITH THE CALIFORNIA CHAPTER OF MOMS DEMAND ACTION FOR GUN SENSE IN AMERICA:

“Today’s shooting at the campus of Belmont High School and Sal Castro Middle School is a tragedy. This is the seventh school shooting in the past two weeks in our country. What number is too many? Gun violence has no place in our community and certainly not in our schools – where our children should feel safe to learn. As we think about the families affected today, we must not become complacent. We cannot accept that more than 90 people die from gun violence every single day in America, with hundreds more injured. Congress must do more to protect our children from gun violence.”