By Calvin Palmer
An elementary school in Carlsbad, southern California, was placed on lock down this afternoon when a gunman started firing wildly into the school playground.
Two students, aged six and seven, were both shot in their right arms — the bullets passed through their arms.
The suspect, Brendan L. O’Rourke, 41, was arrested on suspicion of six counts of attempted murder and numerous weapons violations, said Lt Kelly Cain of the Carlsbad Police Department.
“He is possibly a transient who lives in the area,” Cain said. “He is not cooperating with the investigation. He probably has some mental health issues.”
The suspect, dressed in black, turned up outside Kelly Elementary School in his car shortly before noon. He was armed with a .357-caliber handgun and began firing into the playground from the sidewalk, Cain said.
Construction workers nearby tackled the gunman before is arrest.
One of the workers, Carlos Partida, got into his truck and was able to knock the gunman down with the vehicle. Other workers then tackled the gunman.
The bomb squad was later called to examine a propane tank found in the suspect’s car.
Parents were subsequently notified of the incident and told to collect their children.