Prosecutors say gun went off in girl's backpack

Prosecutors say gun went off in girl's backpack

Prosecutors say gun went off in girl's backpack

A 12-year-old girl was booked on suspicion of negligent discharge of a firearm Thursday after a shooting at Sal Castro Middle School left four students injured, authorities said. "Someone chose to bring a gun, I guess someone was accidentally playing around with it", admits Benjamin (who's real name is hidden at the request of his guardians), a seventh-grader attending the Sal Castro Middle School.

Two students were injured in a shooting inside a school in Los Angeles, the USA.

"They thought it was a toy gun, but then it shot", Urbina said.

But police say it was an "unintentional" incident that occurred after a 12-year-old girl brought a semiautomatic weapon to school that went off in the classroom.

A student who was in the class when shots rang out said he thought the gunfire was an accident, CNN affiliate KABC reported.

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.

A 15-year-old boy who was shot in the head was in critical condition and a 15-year-old girl who was shot in the wrist was in stable condition, Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) said on Thursday, Xinhua news agency reported.

"They do it every once in a while", she said.

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

The girl told her classmate that the gun was in her backpack and that it accidentally discharged when she dropped her bag. Police still don't know where she got the unregistered gun. "There is no more safety threat to the students of this school".

While normal dismissal time is at 3:05 p.m., Zipperman said parents who wanted to pick up their children from the school early could do so by going to the softball field at Loma Drive and Crown Hill Avenue beginning at 1:30 p.m.

However, an audit last April of 20 schools found that some schools failed to do the searches daily and that a quarter of them didn't have the right metal-detecting wands.

About 360 students from the sixth to the eighth grade attend the middle school, located in one of Los Angeles' most densely populated neighbourhoods.

Castro has about 365 students in grades 6-8 and almost all are Hispanic and many from low-income families.

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