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Middle School Shooting Was Accidental — LAPD

Middle School Shooting Was Accidental — LAPD

Two students were shot and wounded, one critically, inside a Los Angeles middle school classroom Thursday morning and police arrested a female student believed to be 12 years old, authorities said.

The incident occurred around 9am Thursday morning at Sal Castro Middle School, which is located on the campus of Belmont High School, Los Angeles School Police said, and placed the campus on lockdown for almost five hours.

"We had some type of a shooting occurrence inside a classroom", said L.A. School Police Chief Steve Zipperman during a press briefing at the scene.

"Someone made a decision to bring a gun, I guess someone was accidentally playing around with it", said Benjamin, a 12-year-old 7th-grader, whose guardian asked that his last name not be used. "They thought it was a fake gun".

The bullet struck a 15-year-old boy in the temple and a 15-year old girl in the left wrist. Los Angeles County-University of Southern California Medical Center said both were expected to make full recoveries. A 30-year-old woman suffered a minor injury in the chaos after the shooting, officials said.

Said Dr Aaron Strumwasser, who treated the teens: "The trajectory of the bullet did not hit any vital structures that were an immediate threat to life". Helicopter news footage showed two officers leading a handcuffed girl with long hair, jeans and a sweatshirt to a waiting squad vehicle. Sabrina's teacher ran out to help. "I said 'No.' Then I moved away from her because I was a little bit scared". She has retained an attorney and is not answering questions. He added that he saw a hole in her backpack, which she was holding.

"Not safe, very insecure", Anzueto said of the school.

Claudia Anzueto, Jordan Valenzuela's mother, said the boy was crying when he called her from a borrowed cellphone to tell her he was OK.

The suspect reportedly asked him to hide the gun for her but he said he refused. "They need to do it more often".

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The handgun was not registered, police told ABC News, and detectives are still trying to determine how the girl obtained the weapon.

At the front gate of the school, McNair said she was directed to the back, which was blocked off. She had been in Calabasas when she heard about the shooting, describing it as a "dramatic day".

"It was really close to her", Lopez said. "I just want my daughter". I wanted to scream.

After police began to patrol the premises and investigate the evidence, they have come to a conclusion that the shooting was largely unintentional, and was not meant to cause harm to any classmates or faculty. A lot of anxious parents and relatives were waiting outside the campus.

"She shot a girl and a boy", he wrote. Police still don't know where she got the unregistered gun. "So I think he will do fine". "There are hurdles to going after governmental activity and the school district is part of the government".

Terrified parents rushed to the campus and waited for hours to be reunited with their children.

The district has a policy which states random searches should be carried out daily with a metal detector wand. A month later, a student died from a shooting at Reseda High School.

Thursday there was a shooting at a middle school in Los Angeles.

At an informal presentation in January of good-attendance certificates, Principal Erick Mitchell said his campus was becoming a destination for families who wanted a smaller school setting.