Middle School Shooting Was Accidental — LAPD

Middle School Shooting Was Accidental — LAPD

Los Angeles police say the students hurt in the middle school shooting suffered their injuries after a single gunshot was sacked from inside a 12-year-old girl's backpack in a middle school classroom. "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.

Police say the young student believed the weapon was a fake when she placed it in her book bag before arriving at Salvador Castro Middle school.

Among the five injured people, a 15-year-old boy and a 15-year-old girl were hit by a bullet in the incident.

The shooting left two children, two teenagers, and one adult staff member injured. The boy, who was shot in the head, was transported in critical condition, said Capt. Erik Scott of the Los Angeles Fire Department. The female student had a gunshot wound to the wrist and was in fair condition.

Police said she's retained an attorney and was not answering questions.

"I'm kind of afraid for my safety", said Oswaldo Gonzalez, 11, a sixth-grader at the middle school.

It was sometime after 9 a.m. when Rosario Hernandez, 41, got a phone call from her 16-year-son, Jimmy Romero, telling her a shooting had occurred at his brother's school.

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'Our children now see more shootings and deaths than we ever did in my lifetime, ' USC Medical Hospital assistant director Inez Beckon-English said. A lot of anxious parents and relatives were waiting outside the campus.

"I'm bringing her here to the school alive, and I don't know what will happen to her between now and when she comes home", Segura said. A month later, a student died from a shooting at Reseda High School.

Investigators are trying to determine how she obtained the unregistered weapon, according to LAPD Deputy Chief Robert Arcos, who spoke to reporters Friday.

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

One parent told ABC Los Angeles station KABC-TV that the shooting took place next to her son's classroom.

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

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