A girl aged 12 was charged with two felony counts in court following Thursday's accidental shooting injuring five at a middle school in the western USA city of Los Angeles, local authorities said Friday.
The shooting left a 15-year-old boy in critical but stable condition with a gunshot wound to the temple and a 15-year-old girl in fair condition after being shot in the arm, according to police and fire department reports. A 30-year-old woman suffered a minor injury in the chaos after the shooting, officials said.
Shortly after classes commenced at Sal Castro Middle School in Los Angeles's Westlake neighbourhood, gunfire erupted in one of the classes, which resulted in the injury of some classmates and a faculty member.
Police said they believe the shooting at the Salvador B. Castro Middle School was an accident.
Jordan, 15, later told the AP that the girl sat at the desk with her hands covering her face after the incident, and then she asked him to hide the backpack with the gun in it. She said she never saw a gun. The charge came after one of the girl's classmates said that she was sobbing after the gun was sacked and told him repeatedly, "I didn't mean it". "I'm just scared for all the kids - school is supposed to be a safe place for them, and apparently it's not".
There was a heavy police presence at the location and the campus was on lockdown.
"We will attend to the needs of these students who witnessed this very carefully, with the understanding this is very traumatic", he said.
Police said she has retained an attorney and was not answering questions.
Some of her friends told reporters that she claims the gun "went off" when she dropped her backpack.
Anzueto said there were no metal detectors at the school.
Alexandria Colon, Sabrina's 13-year-old sister, said the school doesn't have major problems with bullying or gangs, like Belmont High School across the street. "I fear for my son's life". "I assure you, if it came from an adult in a home, that the proper prosecutorial procedure will occur".
"This continues to be an active investigation", the Los Angeles Police Department said.
Parents waited anxiously for several hours outside the middle school before being reunited with their children after police locked down the campus and searched classrooms.
"We do not know yet. how our young person on this campus ended up having the ability to have access to a firearm and bring it onto a campus", Zipperman said.