An unidentified victim has been shot at Louisiana Schnell Elementary School in Placerville, CA and was rushed immediately to the hospital. Reporters at MSNBC name John Luebbers, a janitor at the school, as the suspect in the shooting, which took place at 11 am pacific time. According to El Dorado County Sheriff’s Sgt. Jim Byers, “It’s not clear what prompted the shooting.” Luebbers allegedly fled on foot.
No children were injured in the incident, but the school was placed on lockdown nonetheless. Students have been evacuated to the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. The WSJ says, “50 officers from various law enforcement agencies were participating in the manhunt for the suspect.”
Every time I write about a new school shooting, I can’t help but wonder what it will take for us to seriously consider better gun laws. New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg recently conducted a sting at an Arizona gun show, where his operatives were able to purchase guns illegally – even though they told the seller that they would not be able to pass a background check. The Mayors Against Illegal Guns coalition stresses that most guns confiscated from crime scenes are possessed illegally, and Bloomberg suggests that simply enforcing the gun laws currently on the books will go a long way to keep our streets and schools safer. How many more people have to be shot and killed before we begin to take this issue seriously? Julie Schenecker, the FL mom who killed her teenage children last week, was depressed and therefore legally shouldn’t have owned a gun. It’ll be interesting to see whether the gun in this incident at Louisana Schnell was purchased legally or not.
Our best wishes to the victim in this case and the students at the school.