LAPD: Shooting by 12-year-old girl at school 'not intentional'

LA school shooting an accident say police

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

The 12-year-old girl was booked on suspicion of negligent discharge of a firearm after the shooting at Sal Castro Middle School. The suspect was found with a weapon. She is expected to be arraigned Monday.

Police lead a 12-year-old suspect away from Sal Castro Middle school following a shooting on February 1, 2018.

The shooting was described as "not intentional" by Los Angeles Police Department Spokesman Josh Rubenstein. "The school has been declared safe, and we are communicating with parents of students at Castro Middle School, as well as neighboring campuses".

While "negligent" use can cover a variety of activities, it most likely refers to "mishandling" in this case, Ramirez said.

Los Angeles police responded to the incident at about 4 a.m. near Western Avenue and 29th Street.

The girl was taken into custody without incident after she and witnesses were interviewed, officials said.

In a statement, the DA's office said juvenile court proceedings and records are confidential, but limited details can be released for "specific serious or violent felonies".

After police began to patrol the premises and investigate the evidence, they have come to a conclusion that the shooting was largely unintentional, and was not meant to cause harm to any classmates or faculty.

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'This child was extremely lucky, ' Dr. Aaron Strumwasser said of the boy during a news conference at the medical center. The student remains in intensive care. Two other students, ages 11 and 12, were grazed by bullets.

"My thoughts and prayers go out to the students, teachers, staff, and the entire community at Sal Castro Middle School and the Los Angeles Unified School District", he wrote. The school was to hold classes Friday.

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.

Jordan says the girl, who's a friend, sobbed and told him she'd brought a gun to school in a backpack and it went off when she dropped the pack.

No further details about the incident, charges or the girl involved were released Friday. Her grandmother spoke briefly with KABC.

Both schools were locked down, according to NBC 4.

A student is accused of shooting 16 people - killing two - on January 23, at western Kentucky's Marshall County High School in Benton.

"Someone chose to bring a gun, I guess someone was accidentally playing around with it", said Benjamin, a 12-year-old 7th-grader, whose guardian asked that his last name not be used.

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