By Brian Day
COVINA – Police arrested two teens Wednesday who were allegedly planning to indiscriminately open fire on fellow Covina High School students at an upcoming school assembly. The 15- and 16-year-old suspects, both West Covina residents, admitted their plans to police after they were arrested shortly before 2 p.m., West Covina Police Chief Frank Wills said.
“Both suspects admitted, independent of each other, planning to bring guns to school and shoot people during an assembly,” Wills said.
The teenage suspects also admitted bringing guns to school on three previous occasions in recent months, Wills said, which witnesses confirmed.
“That’s when we knew we had something serious,” the chief said. “We took this as a very credible
Two Covina High School students planned to use these two handguns, which were stolen in a burglary, to carry out an indiscrimnate shooting at an upcoming school assembly according to West Covina police. The guns were found at the home of one of the suspects. (Courtesyt West Covina Police Department)
The teenage suspects were booked on suspicion of possession of a loaded and concealed firearm, possession of a loaded firearm on a school campus, making criminal threats and burglary, West Covina police said.
Both were taken to Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall in Downey.
Wills said a specific date the boys planned to carry out the shooting was not known, but that it was to happen at an upcoming school assembly.
The boys did not have any specific targets in mind, he said.
The 16-year-old suspect stole the handguns from a gun safe in a West Covina garage more than a month ago, police said.
The guns, a .357-caliber revolver and a .40-caliber Glock semi-automatic handgun, were recovered from the 16-year-old boy’s home, Wills said.
The both weapons was fully loaded.
The 16-year-old boy was arrested at his home, while the other boy was taken into custody without incident at the high school, Wills said.
A motive for the planned shooting was not known.
In addition to the handguns, police seized as evidence a drawing done by one of the boys depicting a hooded figure shooting another person in the head, with the word “exterminate” written below, the chief said. “It’s fairly graphic.”
Wills said there are not believed to be any additional suspects.
“The shared opinion of the West Covina Police Department, Covina High School officials and the Covina PD, which assisted us, is that the Covina High School campus is absolutely safe at this time,” Wills said.