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Sent on Mormon-News: 08Mar01

By Kent Larsen

LDS Student Witnessed Santee Shootings

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA -- LDS student Brian Wheeler was walking out of a classroom at Santana High School Monday morning when the shooting started. The 17-year-old junior at the high school, located in Santee, California just outside of San Diego, had attended early morning seminary before school, and just two hours later witnessed a tragedy that schocked the nation.

After leaving a classroom, Wheeler heard the shots and saw two of his friends fall to the ground. "I couldn't figure out what was going on," he remembers. "There was so much commotion." Looking up, he saw the 15-year-old student now accused of killing two students and wounding 13 others. The boy was standing just inside the restroom, shooting out at his fellow students, "There was no categorized targetting," Wheeler said. "He was just shooting at random."

An article in today's BYU Daily Universe tells Wheeler's story along with another student, and gets the reaction of several BYU students from the area. Both Jennifer Stevenson, an 18-year-old freshman at BYU from Santee and Marissa Price, 22, a senior from the same town, expressed shock. Price, who has two sibilings that attend the school, said she panicked when she heard the news. "I just wanted to know if everyone was really okay."


Students mourn for Santee victims
BYU NewsNet 6Mar01 P2
By Andrea Ludlow: NewsNet Staff Writer


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