Gun accidentally discharged in LA girl's backpack, police say

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Five persons were injured in a classroom shooting at Salvador Castro Middle School in the United States city of Los Angeles, officials said.

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. "There's a lot of things I'm sure are going through her mind right now - she's only 12 years old".

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.

"Someone made a decision to bring a gun, I guess someone was accidentally playing around with it", said Benjamin, a 12-year-old 7th-grader, whose guardian asked that his last name not be used. He's in stable condition and expected to fully recover.

The boy was initially listed in critical condition but doctors said that the bullet didn't hit anything vital or cause any life-threatening injury.

The shooting was reported just before 9 a.m. and within minutes a 12-year-old girl was taken into custody without incident.

Television footage has shown police leading a girl away from the school in Los Angeles after they were called to reports of gunshots in a classroom shortly before 9am.

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"I went insane. I didn't know what to do, I didn't know what to say, and that's when I just got my mom and came over here", Diego said.

'Our children now see more shootings and deaths than we ever did in my lifetime, ' USC Medical Hospital assistant director Inez Beckon-English said. The woman, who was not identified, told the station that her granddaughter was caring and loving but didn't have many friends and had been bullied by another girl.

"Not safe, very insecure", Anzueto said of the school.

Arcos said that the 12-year-old has an attorney and is not talking to investigators.

Parents pick up their children at Salvadore Castro Middle School in Los Angeles, California on February 1, 2018.

At an informal presentation in January of good-attendance certificates, Principal Erick Mitchell said his campus was becoming a destination for families who wanted a smaller school setting.

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