09:52 GMT22 June 2021
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    A 13-year-old suspect reportedly purchased parts for weapons on the internet to create an unregistered and untraceable 'ghost gun', Los Angeles County Undersheriff Tim Murakami said earlier on Friday.

    Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva, cited by AP, said that a 13-year-old boy was arrested and a weapon was seized. The suspect reportedly threatened to shoot classmates and staff at the Animo Mae Jemison Charter Middle School in Willowbrook on Friday.

    Earlier in the day, Los Angeles deputies said that they had executed a search warrant and raided at suspect's home, seizing an AR-15-style assault rifle, a list of intended victims, a drawing of the school, and 100 rounds of ammunition.

    ​The identity of the suspect remains unknown. Sheriff Alex Villanueva announced a news conference later on Friday to release additional details, AP said.

    According to the media report, a 16-year-old last week used a ghost gun to fatally shoot two classmates and himself at the Saugus High School in the Los Angeles suburb of Santa Clarita.

    Ghost guns are a growing issue for law enforcement agencies across the country as parts and blueprints for any number of weapons can be purchased online, requiring very little skill to assemble.

    ​Investigators are attempting to determine how the suspect acquired the gun. Though earlier reports suggested the weapon was unregistered, Sheriff Alex Villanueva now claims that the rifle has a serial number.


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