Principal Shot Dead at Calif. School

Janitor busted, cops seek motive
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 3, 2011 1:40 AM CST
Principal Shot Dead at Calif. School
Students from a Placerville, Calif., elementary school walk by police after their principal was fatally shot.   (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

A popular elementary school principal was fatally shot in his Northern California office yesterday and a janitor has been arrested in the attack. No children were hurt, but one student may have witnessed the shooting of Sam LaCara, 50, a married dad of three. The school janitor was busted at his Placerville home an hour later, and police were attempting to determine a motive, AP reports. "Our schools should be safe havens from guns and violence, and I'm deeply saddened when harm comes to anyone working to educate California's children," said California's schools superintendent.
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