School shooting that injured 4 students believed to be unintentional, police say

School shooting that injured 4 students believed to be unintentional, police say

A Los Angeles school shooting is believed to have been caused by a semi-automatic handgun that went off inside a 12-year-old girl's backpack, police said. Police didn't say what led to the shooting, which unfolded at the Sal Castro Middle School in the city's Westlake district.

Los Angeles police spokesman Josh Rubenstein said that the girl was charged with negligent discharge of a firearm on school grounds.

Diego Salinas had just dropped off his 12-year-old sister and was stunned when she called minutes later to say there had been a shooting.

It was not immediately known how the shooter was able to get the gun on campus, Bernal said, noting that the school conducts random weapon checks. Two children, aged 11 and 12, and a 30-year-old staffer were also injured.

A 15-year-old girl was hit in the wrist and was in stable condition, Los Angeles Police Department spokeswoman Wendy Reyes said.

The entire school complex remained under lockdown for several hours before the authorities announced around noon that lessons could resume, with counsellors provided in each classroom.

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Police said she has retained an attorney and was not answering questions.

"The school has been declared safe at this point". The girl asked him to hide the weapon after the shooting.

Mayor Eric Garcetti told local news channel KABC-TV at the scene that it was unclear if the shooting was accidental.

Hernandez left work and sped to the school campus. She is being held at juvenile hall and faces charges of negligent discharge of a firearm and bringing a loaded firearm onto a school campus, police said. "There is no more safety threat to the students of this school".

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

The conditions of the victims were not immediately known, said Sgt. Edward Bernal of the Los Angeles Unified School District Police Department. Some schools failed to do the searches daily, the audit found. One-fourth lacked enough metal-detecting wands to search properly.The district started random searches in 1993 after a 16-year-old was shot and killed at Fairfax High School.

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