Incendiary devices were found in a vehicle that rolled down a sidewalk and struck three people near Taft Elementary School in Santa Ana on Monday, but did not appear to be intended for any type of attack on the campus, Santa Ana County Sheriff’s officials said. Orange.
The three injured in the crash around 8:30 a.m. in the 400 block of Keller Avenue, a block from the school, were expected to recover, Santa Ana police Sgt. Maria Lopez said.
At least two were Taft students; It’s unclear if the third was a student, a school district spokesman said.
The devices found were described as incendiary, not explosive, but no further details about the items were immediately released.
The driver was a man in his 20s and officers found him suffering from what appeared to be a self-inflicted stab wound, authorities said. Previously, he had tried to use the bathroom at school, but staff escorted him off campus, Lopez said.
It was not immediately clear why his car traveled onto the sidewalk and collided with the three people after he left.
Police responding to the crash notified the Orange County Sheriff’s Department bomb squad and the Orange County Fire Authority after discovering the first device in the car, Lopez said. Three more were found inside the car.
None were found at the school, and it does not appear that the school was under direct threat, the sheriff’s Sgt. Scott Steinle said. As a precaution, the campus was closed until 11 a.m., said Fermin Leal, a spokesman for the Santa Ana Unified School District.
The driver’s name was not immediately released. He was in police custody while receiving treatment at a hospital for his stab wound as of Monday afternoon, Lopez said.
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