Two Students Shot, Allegedly By Their Classmate, At Los Angeles Middle School

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A 12-year-old girl was in police custody Thursday after a shooting at Salvador Castro Middle School injured four students. One was shot in the head and his condition is listed as serious, but stable. The school shares its campus with Belmont High School. Three other people sustained minor injuries in the incident. Two of the victims were 15-year-old students.

The shots erupted shortly before 9 a.m.at Sal Castro Middle School, just west of downtown Los Angeles.

Los Angeles police do not believe that the shooting was intentional, LAPD spokesman Josh Rubenstein said in remarks reported by the Los Angeles Times.

The boy is in a critical condition after receiving gunshot wounds to the head and and the condition of the girl, who suffered a wrist injury, was described as "fair".

The Los Angeles Police Department interviewed the girl and later confirmed the shooting was an accident.

The person of interest was taken to an LAPD station, police said. According to NBC, Urbina said the girl thought she had a toy gun in her backpack.

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Television news footage showed officers leading a girl with dark hair away in handcuffs following the shooting on Thursday in a classroom at Castro Middle School.

Claudia Anzueto said her 12-year-old son was crying when he called her from a borrowed cellphone.

The school is still on lockdown as police continue to search the campus following the shooting.

A female student was taken into custody after shots were fired inside a Los Angeles middle school classroom. Parents who wished to pick up their children early were directed to a baseball field near the school at Loma Drive and Crown Hill Avenue.

Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Superintendent Vivian Ekchian told reporters she was "incredibly saddened by the fact that it happened".

The U.S. Gun Violence Archive, an organization that tracks shootings in the U.S., said there were more than 2,000 documented unintentional shootings in the country in 2017 alone.

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