Girl, 12, held over school shooting in Los Angeles

04 February, 2018, 02:05 | Author: Shannon Newton
  • Girl arrested in shooting at Los Angeles middle school allegedly thought gun was toy

Several students were wounded after a single gunshot was sacked from inside a 12-year-old girl's backpack in a middle school classroom, police said Friday.

Four students were injured in Thursday's morning shooting at Sal Castro Middle School in the Westlake neighborhood of Los Angeles.

Police officials said the shooting suspect is about 12-year-old and the weapon of the shooter has been recovered by police. "They thought it was a fake gun".

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He said both of the victims are 15 years of age and have been transported to a local hospital.

The shooting left two children, two teenagers, and one adult staff member injured.

The boy who was shot in the head was in stable condition at LAC-USC Medical Center following the incident and is expected to make a full recovery. The girl holding the firearm "didn't mean to" shoot the 15-year-old girl, he said, according to the station. Police initially said they had arrested a suspect (later identified as a 12-year-old girl) but later shifted their language and described the girl as a "person of interest".

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Television footage has shown police leading a girl away from the school in Los Angeles after they were called to reports of gunshots in a classroom shortly before 9am.

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

'As a parent, this is everyone's worst-case nightmare, ' LAPD Deputy Chief Bobby Arcos later said at a news conference. The girl asked him to hide the weapon after the shooting. A lot of anxious parents and relatives were waiting outside the campus. He said investigators would present their case Friday to the district attorney's office for filing consideration. "I had the gun in my backpack and I didn't know it was loaded and my backpack fell and the gun went off"'. Some schools failed to do the searches daily, the audit found. One-fourth lacked enough metal-detecting wands to search properly.The district started random searches in 1993 after a 16-year-old was shot and killed at Fairfax High School. "There is no more safety threat", Zipperman said.

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The enrollment is 92 percent Latino, and most students are from low-income families.

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