A gunshot that went off in a Los Angeles middle school classroom on Thursday, hitting two students, was accidentally discharged from inside a girl's backpack, Los Angeles police said Friday.
The determination capped a frantic day at Salvador B. Castro Middle School in downtown Los Angeles and corroborated what some students told reporters after the lockdown was lifted and they were reunited with parents on the school's athletic field. The 12 year-old alleges that the person at fault for the debacle did not know the rifle wasn't fake.
"They thought it was a toy gun, but then it shot", he told KACB.
The two victims, one 15-year-old boy and a girl of the same age, were transferred to nearby USC Medical center.More news: United seek a reaction on Sanchez's home bow
A day earlier, a 15-year-old student was injured in a shooting in the Texas city of Italy.
The boy who was shot in the head remains in critical condition and the girl injured in the arm is in stable condition, police said. The girl holding the firearm "didn't mean to" shoot the 15-year-old girl, he said, according to the station.
The girl, whose name was not released, was booked at a juvenile detention facility on a charge of negligent discharge of a firearm, said officer Tony Im of the Los Angeles Police Department.
"I just saw something pop", she said. A lot of anxious parents and relatives were waiting outside the campus.More news: Meghan Markle smiles awkwardly through awards speech blunder
One woman whose 13-year-old sister was inside the class when the shooting took place told KTLA the sibling - who is in the 7th grade - communicated with her through a series of text messages and recounted a chaotic scene. "There is no more safety threat to the students of this school". "We want to take our children home", Gonzalez said.
Zipperman said authorities' initial focus will be caring for students who may have witnessed the shooting.
The enrollment is 92 percent Latino, and most students are 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.More news: Katherine Lockler, Nurse in Florida, Actually Bugged by Flu
The district has a policy which states random searches should be carried out daily with a metal detector wand.
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