Another bloody tragedy has broken out at Santana High School in Santee, a town of 59,000 residents, about 10 miles northeast of San Diego, California. A student opened fire yesterday killing two people and wounding 13 others. One witness said the youth smiled as he fired. Police investigating the shooting at have seized seven rifles from the home of the teenage boy identified as Charles Andrew Williams who was arrested following the incident. Police say that the 15-year-old fired more than 30 shots after bursting into the boys' toilets. Some 100 witnesses have already been interviewed, including two friends of the teenager who, police say, were told of his plans to mount the attack, but ignored the warning. Joshua Stevens, a friend of the boy, is quoted by BBC as saying that over the weekend the suspect "was joking on and off that he was going to come to school and shoot people". Some fellow students said the boy had been taunted for being skinny and the students picked on him calling him such names as "dork", "freak" and "nerd". It was the worst episode of school violence since two students at Columbine High School in Colorado killed 13 students and a teacher before taking their own lives, two years ago. President George W. Bush described the attack as a disgraceful, cowardly act. The shooting is likely to again raise questions about the widespread availability of guns in the United States, which has suffered a wave of shootings in its schools.
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