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

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A 12-year-old girl who was taken into custody after a gun she apparently brought to Sal Castro Middle School accidentally went off is now facing felony gun charges, Los Angeles County District Attorney's officials announced Friday.

"They thought it was a toy gun, but then it shot", Urbina said.

The other three, including two students and a 30-year-old woman, suffered minor injuries that were not caused directly by the shooting.

A 15-year-old boy who was shot in the head was in critical condition, and a 15-year-old girl who was shot in the arm was listed as stable, Los Angeles police said late Thursday. The girl holding the firearm "didn't mean to" shoot the 15-year-old girl, he said, according to the station. She had seen news of the shooting on TV and came to get her daughter, who is a student at the middle school.

"As a parent, this is everyone's worst-case nightmare - a worst-case scenario and a nightmare for all of us", Robert Arcos, commanding officer of the Los Angeles Police Department's Operations-Central Bureau, told reporters Thursday.

Jocelyn Lopez said her sister texted that she was OK, but had "just heard something pop inside the classroom".

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

The shooting was reported to authorities around 8:55 a.m. Thursday.

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Police determined that the shooting was an accident and booked the girl on suspicion of negligently discharging a firearm.

On Friday morning, anxious parents accompanied their children to the school as classes resumed.

Police received a call of a shooting at approximately 4 a.m. near 29th Street and Western Avenue, where the victim was found dead on the driver's side of a vehicle.

"She said, 'If I give you the gun will you hide it for me?'" he said. Westlake, a mostly Hispanic area, is home to more than 20 schools.

Castro has about 365 students in grades 6-8 and almost all are Hispanic and many from low-income families.

The district has a policy which states random searches should be carried out daily with a metal detector wand.

About 360 students from the sixth to the eighth grade attend the middle school, located in one of Los Angeles' most densely populated neighbourhoods.

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