Los Angeles middle school shooting accidental

Marie Harrington
February 4, 2018

A total of five people were injured, and the most seriously injury was a 15-year-old boy who was shot in the head.

VIDEO: Westlake student describes bloody scene in frantic texts to momInvestigators said the shooting happened inside a classroom during a mixed-grade elective class.

The Los Angeles Times notes Castro Middle School sits just across the street from Belmont High School, in a building that "used to be part of Belmont High when the high school had a higher enrollment".

Students at a Los Angeles middle school have been reunited with their parents after a shooting that left a teen critically wounded and three other children injured.

The ages of the other patients were 11, 12 and 30, according to the Fire Department.

Authorities have not released a suspected motive for the shooting, or more details of how the girl was arrested.

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Gunfire erupted shortly before 9 a.m.at Salvador B. Castro Middle School just west of the city's downtown, police said. "We also had a 15-year-old female that suffered a gunshot wound to the wrist and we're placing in fair condition". Scott said injuries include minor abrasions from glass.

Zipperman said authorities' initial focus will be caring for students who may have witnessed the shooting.

Officers could be seen leading a handcuffed girl to a waiting squad vehicle in news footage shot from a helicopter. She was taken into custody nearly immediately after the incident.

A gun was recovered, police said, and the campus was declared safe.

"One of the main missions we will have is the issue of finding out how a young person had access to a weapon", Zipperman said. The student was later reported to be 12 years old, officials said. "They thought it was a fake gun", said Benjamin, a 12-year-old seventh-grader, whose guardian requested the police to keep his identity anonymous.

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