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Prosecutors: Gun went off in girl's backpack at LA school

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.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with those who were hurt in today's shooting incident at Sal Castro Middle School and with all the students, families and employees on the campus", Vivian Ekchian, interim superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District, said in a statement Thursday.

A 15-year-old boy was shot in the head and a 15-year-old girl was shot in the wrist.

The boy who was shot in the head remains in critical condition and the girl injured in the arm is in stable condition, police said. Two other students and an adult suffered minor injuries from flying glass, according to authorities.

"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. "I think he will do fine", Strumwasser said.

Jocelyn Lopez said her sister texted that she was OK, but had "just heard something pop inside the classroom". She had been in Calabasas when she heard about the shooting, describing it as a "dramatic day". The charge came after one of the girl's classmates said that she was sobbing after the gun was sacked and told him repeatedly, "I didn't mean it".

A crowd of about 10 people gathered beyond the police tape at the 29th Street and South Western Avenue intersection in the hours after the Saturday morning shooting.




At least one student who was in the classroom when the shooting occurred told a reporter Thursday that he thought the gunfire was unintentional.

On Friday morning, anxious parents accompanied their children to the school as classes resumed. "I wanted to cry".

Maria Serrano reluctantly dropped off her 12-year-old daughter at school.

The girl, who was taken into custody minutes after the shooting, has retained an attorney and isn't answering questions, Rubenstein said. "I didn't think something like this would happen here".

The school shares its campus with Belmont High School.

Mr Im declined to say if investigators believed the girl deliberately opened fire at Salvador Castro Middle School, near the city's downtown district, on Thursday.

A mother and daughter react after being picked up on campus after school at Salvadore Castro Middle School in Los Angeles, California on February 1, 2018.

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