Five people were wounded, including a student shot in the head, when a gun was sacked in a Los Angeles middle school classroom, police have said, with a 12-year-old girl taken into custody over the incident. One of the victims, a 15-year boy, is in critical condition after being shot in the head. The aforementioned boy is in stable condition and is expected to fully recover.
The single round struck a 15-year-old boy in the temple and a 15-year-old girl in the wrist.
The other three, including two students and a 30-year-old woman, suffered minor injuries that were not caused directly by the shooting.
Mayor Eric Garcetti told local news channel KABC-TV at the scene that it was unclear if the shooting was accidental. She is being held at juvenile hall and faces charges of negligent discharge of a firearm and bringing a loaded firearm onto a school campus, police said.
"The school has been declared safe, and we are communicating with parents of students at Castro Middle School, as well as neighboring campuses".
The girl told her classmate that the gun was in her backpack and that it accidentally discharged when she dropped her bag.
"She was like, 'I didn't mean to".
Jordan said he saw a hole in the backpack, which the girl was holding, when she asked him to hide the gun for her. He said he talked to the girl just after the shooting and she was sobbing.
A 12-year-old girl, reported to be a student at the school, is thought to have carried out the attack which happened inside a classroom, according to the Los Angeles.
"It's pretty rare to hear about an incident like this", Gagliardi said of Thursday's shooting. Police descended on the school, which was put on lockdown, and the girl was arrested without incident.
The shooting, which took place in an elective class with children of different ages, was the latest outbreak of gun violence at a United States school.
"This continues to be an active investigation", according to an LAPD statement.