Five injured in teen’s rampage at Granite Hills (17 years ago hero stopped school shooter)
San Diego Union Tribune ^ | 3/23/2001 | Jeff McDonald
Posted on 2/23/2018, 6:31:33 PM by jeannineinsd
This time, the bloodshed was at Granite Hills High School in El Cajon, half a dozen miles south of the Santee high school where two were killed and 13 wounded in a shooting spree less than three weeks ago.
Only one of yesterday’s shooting victims suffered serious injuries.
The student accused of opening fire, 18-year-old Jason Hoffman, was shot twice, once in the face and once in the buttock.
All of the injured are expected to recover, including the accused gunman. Hoffman was taken to a hospital in handcuffs after being shot by an El Cajon police officer who was on campus when the shooting began.
He also was armed with a .22-caliber handgun and ammunition he did not use, police said. It was not clear where Hoffman obtained the weapons. However, District Attorney Paul Pfingst said early indications are that, as in the Santana High School shooting, the guns came from the suspect’s home.
Authorities said search warrants were being prepared last night.
As Hoffman approached the building, he was verbally confronted by dean of students Dan Barnes. But the shooter eluded Barnes and ran toward the school administration office, randomly firing into windows and a doorway.
Inside the office was Richard Agundez Jr., an El Cajon policeman who works as the school’s resource officer. Agundez chased Hoffman, students said. During a running gunfight, Hoffman was struck twice.
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Agundez, a 20-year veteran of the department, was described as a lifesaver.
“Rich is an outstanding police officer and he was a real hero this afternoon,” El Cajon Police Chief James Davis said.
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