LAPD: Middle School Shooting Was Accidental

A Los Angeles police school officer walks under yellow tape at the Salvador B. Castro Middle School near downtown Los Angeles Thursday Feb. 1 2018

Girl arrested in shooting at Los Angeles middle school allegedly thought gun was toy

A 12-year-old girl is in custody after a shooting at an Los Angeles middle school that police are calling unintentional.

"Someone chose to bring a gun, I guess someone was accidentally playing around with it", 12-year-old Benjamin said.

"They thought it was a toy gun, but then it shot", he told KACB.

The other three, including two students and a 30-year-old woman, suffered minor injuries that were not caused directly by the shooting.

A student who was in the class when shots rang out said he thought the gunfire was an accident, CNN affiliate KABC reported. According to the Associated Press, he was in critical condition but he has now but upgraded to stable.

The entire school complex remained under lockdown for several hours before the authorities announced around noon that lessons could resume, with counsellors provided in each classroom. The 12-year-old girl arrested for the incident at Sal Castro Middle School is being charged with negligent discharge of a firearm.

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.

He said, "She doesn't do bad things, she just stays quiet".

Apparently, this shooting was an accidental discharge of just one round from inside a backpack.

The shooting was reported to authorities around 8:55 a.m. Thursday. The school has been declared safe, and we are communicating with parents of students at Castro Middle School, as well as neighboring campuses.

Police are still trying to determine how the girl obtained the weapon.

"She said, 'If I give you the gun will you hide it for me?'" he said. "There is no more safety threat", Zipperman said. "We want to take our children home", Gonzalez said.

Thursday's shooting in Los Angeles is one of the earliest grade-school level school shootings of the year, amid increasing concerns over gun violence on campuses nationwide.

The district has a policy which states random searches should be carried out daily with a metal detector wand.

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

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