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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Police are working to identify people who went into a California high school on Thursday and attacked a student inside a classroom.

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Six people, most of whom — if not all — were adults, went onto the campus just before 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, KCRA reported. Once on the campus, at least two members of the group went into a classroom and are accused of attacking a female student using pepper spray.

One staff member was hurt by the pepper spray while trying to help the victim and stop the attack, a spokesman for the school district told The Sacramento Bee.

In a statement to KXTV, the Sacramento City Unified School District said the incident happened less than 10 minutes before dismissal, and that “To help with the flow of students leaving campus, those gates were unlocked in advance of dismissal and that is how the adults were able to trespass onto campus.”

The school was immediately placed on lockdown and police were called, but investigators told KCRA that the suspects ran away before officers arrived.

“An alarm went off and I thought it was an active shooter at first, so I got scared,” freshman Ryan Peterson told KOVR. “And then everybody just started running and yelling. They brought me in the support center and we had to wait for like an hour and then they dismissed everybody.”

Crisa Triplet told KXTV that her 17-year-old daughter was a second victim, and was attacked by the same group in the hallway after the pepper spray attack.

“I’m angry. My child is home hurt. She was in the hospital last night. I had to get a call with my baby on FaceTime with blood coming from her head,” Triplet told KXTV.

Triplet said her daughter does not know the people who attacked her.

The Sacramento Police Department has asked anyone with information or video of the attack to contact it immediately.