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

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Several students were wounded after a single gunshot was sacked from inside a 12-year-old girl's backpack in a middle school classroom, police said Friday. "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. A 12-year-old female student was taken into police custody.

"They thought it was a toy gun, but then it shot", he told KACB. A 30-year-old woman was also injured in the melee.

The boy was taken to hospital and is said to be in a critical but stable condition. The bullet went through the wrist of the girl and struck the boy in the head, the LAPD said.

The 12-year-old student, who authorities have not yet identified, was arrested shortly after the incident and remained at the Los Angeles County Central Juvenile Hall Friday on a charge of negligent discharge of a firearm, CNN reported.

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

The shooting was described as "not intentional" by Los Angeles Police Department Spokesman Josh Rubenstein.

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"I just saw something pop", she said.

The shooting was reported to police Thursday at 8:55 a.m.

The girl carried the handgun in her backpack which accidentally "went off" on Thursday, leading to a shooting in a classroom that eventually injured five. He said investigators would present their case Friday to the district attorney's office for filing consideration. The school has been declared safe, and we are communicating with parents of students at Castro Middle School, as well as neighboring campuses.

"As an older brother you wouldn't like your little sister to be in this type of situation, you know", he said.

However, an audit last April of 20 schools found that some schools failed to do the searches daily and that a quarter of them didn't have the right metal-detecting wands.

A driver was killed in a car-to-car shooting in the Jefferson Park area of Los Angeles early Saturday, and authorities are searching for the man's killer. Last year, Castro Middle had an enrollment of 355 students.

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