SANTEE (AP) — A student opened fire at Santana High School today, smiling as he shot 15 people, killing one, in a rampage that sent students running to nearby homes and a shopping center.
Student John Schardt, 17, said, ‘‘I looked at the kid, and he was smiling and shooting his weapon.'' Schardt was in a nearby classroom when the shooting started about 9:20 a.m. in a boys' rest room at the suburban school.
‘‘It was total chaos, people were trying to take cover,'' Schardt said.
A former Imperial Valley educator and his sister-in-law, both who teach at the school, were not injured in the incident, his wife said.
Margaret Silva-Chairez, a former Brawley resident, worried about the safety of her husband, Elias, and her sister Susan Silva as she tried to reach them at the school.