Reports of a shooting incident at a Los Angeles middle school broke on Thursday morning. The suspect, a 12-year-old girl, has been booked by authorities.
A middle school girl was booked on suspicion of negligent discharge of a firearm in Los Angeles. The shooting incident in question occurred on Thursday morning (February 1) at Salvador Castro Middle School. According to official reports, the shooting was unintentional. Read all about the LA middle school shooting here.
Middle School Student Booked
Reports broke out about a shooting in Salvador Castro Middle School in LA, California. Gunfire reportedly broke out in a classroom shortly after the opening bell. Several students ran away from the area.
— KTLA (@KTLA) February 1, 2018
Latest reports claim four people were injured in the shooting. Nobody was reported dead. The most serious casualties were a 15-year-old boy who was shot in the head and a 15-year-old girl who was injured in the arm.
While the girl was listed as stable, the boy was in critical condition. Doctors said the boy was lucky since the bullet didn’t cause any serious damage. Los Angeles County-University of Southern California Medical Center stated that both teens will make full recoveries.
A woman, 30, on the school staff, and two other students, an 11-year-old boy and a 12-year-old girl, suffered superficial face and head injuries according to the authorities.
Cops recovered a semiautomatic handgun from the scene. One of the students present in the classroom said the gunfire was unintentional. “Someone decided to bring a gun, I guess someone was accidentally playing around with it,” said a 12-year-old boy, “They thought it was a fake gun.”
The suspected shooter, a young girl, was seen handcuffed and escorted by two officers into a squad car. The girl was taken to LA County’s Central Juvenile Hall. Authorities haven’t identified the shooter.
The incident is being looked into. Robert Arcos, an LAPD deputy chief, said it was too early to determine a motive for the shooting.
Lt. Chris Ramirez said motive unknown in Westlake middle school shooting that occurred in mixed grade class. Students in that class are still being interviewed. 12 year old girl held as subject of interest. pic.twitter.com/GJ764NJg4C
— Susan Abram (@sabramLA) February 1, 2018
The LAPD issued the following statement, “At this time, the information suggests that this was an isolated incident, involving the negligent discharge of a firearm, where innocent children and a staff member were unfortunately injured.”
Steven Zipperman, chief of the Los Angeles school system police department, said that they will look into how a student got access to a weapon. Parents and nearby residents have raised issues about campus safety such as bullying and local gangs.