Two students have been shot – one critically – at a school shooting in Los Angeles. The suspect – a girl (shown above) – is in custody. Video from the scene is included below.
8:00 p.m. CST – We have learned that the suspect is a twelve-year-old girl. The search for a motive turned up a surprising discovery – the shooting was accidental.
Police have not elaborated as to how two students were accidentally shot. They also do not know how the girl got the gun into the school, as students are searched with metal-detecting wands.
This is a developing story.
Two teens were shot inside a Los Angeles classroom Thursday morning and police arrested a female student suspect, authorities said.
Gunfire erupted shortly before 9am at a school in the Westlake neighborhood.
A 15-year-old male was shot in the head and a 15-year-old female shot in the wrist. The boy is in critical condition while the female is in fair condition. Another 30-year-old female was also injured, but not from a gunshot. Two others were injured from ‘peripheral stuff,’ according to School Police Department Chief Steven Zipperman
TV footage showed a girl with dark hair and wearing a sweatshirt being led out of the school in handcuffs.
Sgt Edward Bernal of the Los Angeles School Police Department a gun was recovered.
‘With the suspect in custody the situation is under control,’ Bernal told KTLA-TV.
Authorities said the first call came from Salvador B. Castro Middle School, but it’s unclear if the shooting actually happened there since the students appear to be high school age. The school shares a campus with Belmont High school and Harris Newmark High School.
The campus was put on lockdown shortly after the shooting. Students were led to safety by police officers, who then patted them down before releasing them.
‘The school has been declared safe at this point. There is no more safety threat,’ Zipperman said.
Bernal told KTLA that the school conducts random weapons checks.
The fact that a female student was taken into custody was surprising since females do not usually commit school shootings or mass shootings in general.
However, they aren’t unheard of. One of the first modern school shooters was a girl.
Here is news coverage as the shooting was unfolding, from CBS Los Angeles.
Here is video of a just-completed press conference. This is raw video.