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04 February 2018, 01:20 | Nina Perez
Sal Castro Middle School. Image KTLA-TV
Steven Zipperman, chief of the Los Angeles School Police department, called the incident "very traumatic" for the kids in the classroom.
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.
Percentage of 160 so-called active shooter incidents in the United States between 2000 and 2013 that were in elementary, middle or high schools, according to a Federal Bureau of Investigation report.
The school is located to the west of downtown Los Angeles. Police interviewed her and by evening they announced that they would book her on a charge of negligent discharge of a firearm on school grounds.
Authorities affirmed that the incident was unintentional, pointing out that the two students, a boy and a girl, sustained serious head and wrist injuries and were transferred to hospital. The girl, who was shot in the left wrist, was in fair condition. Several others suffered minor injuries.
The handgun was not registered, police told ABC News, and detectives are still trying to determine how the girl obtained the weapon.
Between 2000 and 2013, almost 17 per cent of 160 so-called active shooter incidents in the USA were in elementary, middle or high schools, according to a Federal Bureau of Investigation report.
Gloria Echeverria stood near a line of police tape preventing people from approaching the school, waiting for news about her 13-year-old son.
"They thought it was a toy gun, but then it shot", Urbina said.
Mayor Eric Garcetti told local news channel KABC-TV at the scene that it was unclear if the shooting was accidental.
The suspect reportedly asked him to hide the gun for her but he said he refused.
She texted that she was sitting next to two girls who were injured. The school has been declared safe, and we are communicating with parents of students at Castro Middle School, as well as neighboring campuses.
The Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles Fire Department, Los Angeles School Police and District leadership immediately responded, and we followed protocols to ensure the safety and well-being of the Castro Middle School community. "Someone made a decision 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. "We are getting cooperation from the family".
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