The Los Angeles police have taken a 12-year-old girl into custody after a shooting in a middle school on Thursday morning left five people injured, the Los Angeles Police Department said. She's is in fair but stable condition, according to Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Erik Scott. Two other students, aged 11 years and 12 years received graze wounds and a 30-year-old woman also suffered a minor injury; all 3 were treated and discharged, reports CNN.
"We know this is a very traumatic incident for all the children involved, particularly inside that classroom", Los Angeles school police chief Steven Zipperman said.
Robert Arcos, commanding officer for the Central Bureau, told the press outside the school that the campus and community were now safe.
Security has always been a problem of concern at Sal Castro Middle School as many parents appealed for increase security levels as bullying and local gangs causing problems for students are very common events at the school in Westlake neighborhood.
There are two 15-year-old victims, a boy and a girl, the Los Angeles Fire Department said. "I assure you, if it came from an adult in a home that the proper prosecutorial procedure will occur".
"We have our school mental health folks that are here to support the needs of the students".
The Los Angeles Times notes Castro Middle School sits just across the street from Belmont High School, in a building that "used to be part of Belmont High when the high school had a higher enrollment".
Bernal says a gun was recovered. Some of the girl's friends told reporters that she claims the gun "went off" when she dropped her backpack.
The study found that an increase in firearms sales after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School led to a higher rate in accident deaths related to firearms.
Authorities said they were trying to determine how the gun was brought on campus.
"I'm just hoping it has nothing to do with him", she said. "I fear for my son's life".
The school has about 365 students in grades 6 through 8 and most are Hispanic and many from low-income families.