LOS ANGELES (TheBlaze/AP) — A 13-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of murder in the fatal stabbing of a 14-year-old high school student outside an East Los Angeles middle school.
Los Angeles County Sheriff's officials say the teenager was taken into custody at his home around 1:30 a.m. Saturday. His name was not released. It wasn't immediately known if he has a lawyer.
The victim, a student at Garfield High School, was stabbed in the chest shortly after classes let out Friday at David Wark Griffith Middle School. He was later declared dead at a hospital.
City News Service says the victim stopped by the middle school to meet with friends. Friends of the family identified the victim as Steven Cruz, KABC-TV reported. Investigators have not identified a motive.
The school was locked down after the stabbing. "We just heard that some guy stabbed some kid," said seventh-grader Josias Sajqui. "I'm OK right now. I was really scared."
Frantic parents gathered around the back of the school where the students were released one by one after more than four hours inside, KABC noted.