Minutes before a student was fatally stabbed at Montgomery High School, police were called to another Santa Rosa high school due to reports of a student bringing a gun on campus.
According to police, Maria Carrillo High School administrators called the Santa Rose Police Department at 10:47 a.m. Wednesday and reported that a student may have brought a gun on campus.
Officers took the 16-year-old student into one of the school’s offices to question him.
“After briefly speaking with the student, the student ran from the building and tried to avoid the officers. The student ran into the mobile home park located south of the campus, between Montecito Blvd and Parkhurst Drive. The pursuing officer briefly lost a visual of the student, but quickly caught up to and detained him,” SRPD wrote.
According to police, the student hid the gun when he evaded officers. The campus was searched and the gun wasn’t found until Thursday when police retraced the path the student ran. They found an unloaded handgun in a storm drain on Oakstone Court.
“This handgun was similar to what MCHS students reported may have been on campus. The 16-year-old student was later booked into the Sonoma County Juvenile Justice Center for possessing a firearm on campus and obstructing/delaying a police officer,” SRPD wrote.
Police expressed gratitude toward MCHS students who reported the gun to school officials, and thanked school administrators who relayed the information to police as soon as they received it.