LA school shooting an accident, say police

Lynette Rowe
February 4, 2018

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.

Investigators are working to determine how the girl got hold of the semi-automatic handgun and why she brought it with her to school, Los Angeles police spokesman Josh Rubenstein said.

The victims are a 15-year-old boy, who was shot in the head, and a 15-year-old girl, who was shot in one of her wrists.

When authorities arrived on the scene, they had found a boy with a gunshot wound to the head, a girl with trauma to her wrist, and several others with minor injuries.

Three others were taken to the hospital with other injuries. "I think he will do fine", Strumwasser said.

He said, "She doesn't do bad things, she just stays quiet". She had been in Calabasas when she heard about the shooting, describing it as a "dramatic day".

Jordan Valenzuela, a 12-year-old classmate of the girl's, told The Associated Press that he was in the room next door when the gun went off and talked to her minutes later.

The shooting was reported at 8:53 a.m. local time and occurred in an elective class with mixed grades, officials said.

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More than 33,000 people die annually in the United States from gun-related deaths - two thirds of them suicides - according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Los Angeles police kept parents updated on Twitter and in a meeting outside the school, telling them if they had not heard from their child they should assume they were safe and well.

"I'm nervous, I'm anxious, I want to cry", Salinas added. "She was like, 'I didn't mean to".

She texted her 14-year-old son, Johnny Romero, whose number was listed under "Johnny baby", and asked him if was OK. "So I think he will do fine".

"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.

"We do not know yet. how our young person on this campus ended up having the ability to have access to a firearm and bring it onto campus", said Los Angeles School Police Chief Steve Zipperman.

Castro Middle School is located in a building across the street from the main Belmont High School campus.

"We will attend to the needs of these students who witnessed this very carefully, with the understanding this is very traumatic", he said.

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