California Elementary Student Dies After Shooting Self During Zoom Class

An 11-year-old boy from California has died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound which took place during an online Zoom class.

The San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office confirmed that the student from Woodbridge Elementary School, who has not been identified, died from their injuries on Wednesday.

"We are deeply saddened to report that based on the preliminary findings, an 11-year-old student from Woodbridge Elementary School has passed away due to injuries from a self-inflicted gunshot wound," a statement said.

"Our thoughts are with the family and all those affected by this tragic event."

Deputies were called to reports that a person had been shot. When they arrived at the 300 block of Sterling Street in Woodbridge, they found a juvenile with a head injury.

The child was taken to a nearby hospital, but was later pronounced dead.

The San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office said they are continuing to investigate the incident. Lodi Unified School District said the shooting occurred during a sixth-grade Zoom class.

In a statement posted on Facebook, Lodi Unified School District added: "We are deeply saddened to share that a student from Woodbridge Elementary School passed away today as a result of a gunshot wound.

"Counseling and bereavement support services are available to students and staff during this difficult time. Our thoughts are with the family affected by this terrible tragedy.

"We also offer our condolences to the Woodbridge Elementary community. If you have concerns about your child's reaction to this loss, please contact your child's school site for support services."

Neighbors described how they heard the boy's sister running out of the house and screaming on the morning of the shooting.

"The sister come here, banging on the door," one man, who did not wish to be identified, toldKCRA 3.

"That little boy was one the nicest little boys you'll ever want to know. He was special. Easygoing. He was the type of person who would never hurt anybody. Soft-spoken, with a beautiful smile."

Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs wrote on Twitter: "My heart goes out to the family, classmates @lodiusd and the wider community.

"During this time, we have to check in on each other and our children, and know that community is the antidote to crisis. We have to prioritize our children as we persist through this pandemic."

The San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office has been contacted for further comment.

If you have thoughts of suicide, confidential help is available for free at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Call 1-800-273-8255. The line is available 24 hours, every day.)

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