Authorities unsure if person who shot teen outside Santee Education Complex was a student

One day after a 17-year-old student was shot in the leg outside the Santee Education Complex in South Los Angeles, there is conflicting information about whether the shooter was another student.

Officer Gil Gamez, president of the Los Angeles School Police Association, said there is now reason to believe the shooter may have been a man who had gotten out of a car near where two students were fighting on a street.

Earlier in the investigation, and based on initial interviews with student witnesses, Gamez had said the suspected shooter was one of the two students involved in the brawl.

Lt. Raul Jovel, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department, which is involved in the investigation, said students gave conflicting accounts about the shooter.

“Some described the suspect as a kid; some described him as a man,” he said, adding that investigators at LAPD’s Newton Division were reviewing video to try to identify the shooter.

“I assume we won’t be able to know whether the suspect was a student or not until we get him in custody,” Jovel said.

Gamez said videos students posted to social media aren’t clear, and accounts from some students now suggest the shooter may have been an adult.

“Because of the graininess of the videos, it is not 100% certain (who) shot,” he said. “We have conflicting accounts.”

Authorities are also looking into the possibility that the two students involved in the fight had ties to gangs.

The Santee Education Complex is a campus that serves secondary students and also houses a continuation high school.

The student who was shot was taken to a hospital on Thursday. He suffered non-life-threatening injuries, authorities said.

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