Suspected gang member arrested in school shooting

By Associated Press
Maarch 18, 2005

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Police arrested the alleged gunman Friday in a shooting outside a South Los Angeles high school that left a 15-year-old student clinging to life.

Police said Dejuan Hines, 18, a suspected gang member, was taken into custody about 3 a.m. at the home of a relative in South Los Angeles. Two guns were recovered, but it wasn't clear whether either weapon was involved in the shooting.

Hines, a former student at the school, was booked for investigation of attempted murder.

Deliesh Allen was shot once in the head Thursday afternoon about 50 steps from the entrance of Locke High School. She was in "extremely critical condition" at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Officer Kathy Simpson said.

"She was basically leaving school, waiting to be picked up by her aunt," Assistant Chief Jim McDonnell said. It was "a senseless shooting of a 15-year-old girl who was trying to go home."

Mayor James Hahn, who announced the arrest, said, "An incident like this shatters us all."

Police said Allen was hit in a spray of gunfire shortly after she left school around 3 p.m. The gunman fled. Police said they were led to the suspect by tips, but did not elaborate.

Authorities provided no motive for the shooting, which was initially believed to be gang-related.

"She is completely innocent," said Detective Sal LaBarbera, referring to the victim. "She was just leaving school."