03 Feb '11, 1am

California principal shot in school

California principal shot in school

LOS ANGELES: The principal of a California school was killed Wednesday in a shooting which triggered an emergency lockdown, police said. The suspected gunman, a janitor, was arrested following the mid-morning shooting at the Schnell School in Placerville, northeast of San Francisco, said local police chief George Nielsen. The principal, 50-year-old Sam LaCara, was shot in the chest and taken to a local hospital, but was pronounced dead shortly after, he said, appealing for privacy for his family. "They are devastated by this event," he told reporters, Anxious parents rushed to the school after it was locked down around 10:30 am, but their children were not allowed out until the all-clear was given after the arrest at his home of a janitor, named as John Luebbers. Some parents described Luebbers as "grumpy" and "rude" toward some students, while local media reported that th...

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