12-year-old girl arrested in Los Angeles middle school shooting

2 injured, suspect arrested at Los Angeles school shooting

A 15-year-old boy is in stable but critical condition after being shot in the head, and a 15-year-old girl is in fair condition after being shot in the wrist in the shooting at Sal Castro Middle School.

Student Melanie Valencia, 13, said the school did a random security search Thursday, but that she's never been checked.

A classmate of the girl, Jordan Valenzuela, 12, told the Associated Press that he talked to her just after the shooting.

Los Angeles Unified School District Interim Superintendent Vivian Ekchian released a statement in response to the shooting, saying the district's "thoughts and prayers" are with the victims, their families and all the students and staff on campus.

The Los Angeles Police Department received a call of shots fired at Sal Castro Middle School just before 9 a.m.

One mother said her son had heard a gunshot and called her crying.

According to the Gun Violence Archive, Americans have suffered through 22 mass shooting incidents 31 days into this new year.

A parent reacts while crossing the street past police vehicles outside a roadblock to Salvadore Castro Middle School in Los Angeles, California. Castro said an emphasis at the school on long-term goals such as college and careers has improved student behaviour, he said.

But the Los Angeles Times reports that a 2016 internal audit showed some schools weren't conducting searches daily and about a quarter of the 20 schools surveyed didn't have enough metal detectors.

After the suspect was taken into custody and the wounded students were taken to hospitals, police went room to room on the locked-down campus, leading some students out with their hands behind their backs. It happened in an elective class with students from different grades, LA School Police Chief Steven Zipperman said.




Authorities spoke to some witnesses at the scene who told them that the gun was sacked after someone accidentally played with it. A suspect, a 16-year-old male, was "apprehended within minutes", city officials said. Some parents cried as they hugged their children.

School shootings by girls are rare.

Meanwhile, a grade seven student who witnessed the firing too told a reporter that the shooting was unintentional.

It wasn't immediately clear how she managed to bring it into class, he said.

"Mom I'm scared", the first one said.

"She shot a girl and a boy", he wrote.

On Wednesday, a 32-year-old man was shot and killed in a parking lot outside a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, high school during a basketball game, according to CNN affiliate WPVI.

In another troubling incident in 2016, two teens at a high school in Arizona died from the same bullet, in an apparent murder suicide. A 15-year-old girl was struck in the wrist.

"Any other time my baby would respond and she's not responding", McNair said. We have really good kids here.

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