LAPD: Middle School Shooting Was Accidental

Arnold Nichols
February 4, 2018

Police officials said the shooting suspect is about 12-year-old and the weapon of the shooter has been recovered by police.

Three others were taken to the hospital with other injuries.

Most accidental shootings involve someone actually handling firearms, as opposed to guns getting dropped, said Pete Gagliardi, a former longtime agent with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

One bullet was sacked and investigators believe the bullet traveled through the wrist of one student and then struck the head of the other student.

Authorities added that the semi-automatic handgun was recovered inside the classroom where the incident transpired.

A strikingly similar shooting to Thursday's happened just south of Los Angeles in Gardena on January 18, 2011, when a gun went off inside a 17-year-old boy's backpack after he set it on a desk, wounding two students with one bullet, including a girl who was shot in the head.

We are fully cooperating with the Los Angeles Police Department in its investigation of this matter.

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

"I'm anxious and I want her to be released already. Hopefully we'll have an opportunity again to talk to her". The girl's wrist wound was considered minor. Television news footage Thursday showed a young girl with long hair, jeans and a blue Sal Castro sweatshirt being escorted to a police cruiser in handcuffs.

The school shares a campus with Belmont High School. "We're unclear whether a gun went off or if it was an intentional shooting", Mr Garcetti said.

"Not safe, very insecure", Anzueto said of the school.

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

"I said 'No, '" Jordan told the AP.

She texted her 14-year-old son, Johnny Romero, whose number was listed under "Johnny baby", and asked him if was OK. She had been in Calabasas when she heard about the shooting, describing it as a "dramatic day".

"I didn't mean to". "She had nightmares and kept waking up because of what happened".

Police guard a roadblock to Salvadore Castro Middle School in Los Angeles, California on February 1, 2018, where two students were wounded, one critically, in a school shooting.

Officers arrived on the scene after they got a call shots fired. "I hope they're OK".

This was at least the third school shooting in recent weeks in the United States.

"??Someone chose to bring a gun".

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