Murrieta, California - On Monday, 4-25-16 at approximately 1827 hours the Murrieta Police Department received information from Vista Murrieta High School (VMHS) administration regarding a threat of a school shooting planned for the following day at VMHS. The investigation was immediately assigned to the Murrieta Police Department detective bureau—working in conjunction with school resource officers. Witnesses were contacted, and a VMHS student was identified as the one who made the threat. The student was later identified as a 16-year-old male, and a 10th grade student at VMHS.
Detectives contacted the student in question, who admitted to making statements of shooting another student. According to the student, the statement was intended to be a “prank” towards the other student—the statement was clearly not taken that way. The student was ultimately arrested for the following charges and was transported to Southwest Juvenile Hall for processing:
• PC 148.3(a) – Reporting/causing a false emergency
• PC 21510 – Possession of a gravity knife.
The Murrieta Police Department takes any threats of violence towards students and district staff very seriously. Those who choose to make threats of any sort, whether intended as a legitimate threat or a prank will be investigated by the Murrieta Police Department and charged accordingly. The Murrieta Police Department works daily and diligently with district personnel to provide a safe educational environment for the youth in our city.
If you have any information regarding this investigation, please contact the Murrieta Police Department Juvenile Investigations Unit at 951-461-6361. You can also provide information anonymously through “We Tip” at 1-800-78-CRIME.