"Worst case nightmare": Girl, 12, suspect in shooting at California middle school

Los Angeles school shooting leave 2 students wounded; 1 person in custody

A 12-year-old girl was booked on suspicion of negligent discharge of a firearm Thursday after a shooting at Sal Castro Middle School left four students injured, authorities said.

Diego Salinas had just dropped off his 12-year-old sister and was stunned when she called minutes later to say there had been a shooting.

"We know this a very traumatic incident for all the children involved, particularly inside that classroom", said Steven Zipperman, chief of the Los Angeles school system police department.

"I went insane. I couldn't handle it", he told ABC News.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the shooting occurred Thursday morning at Salvador Castro Middle School in the city's Westlake neighborhood.

"She was like, 'I didn't mean to".

One student told the Los Angeles Times he believed the shooting had been accidental. The school has about 365 students in grades 6-8 and nearly all are Hispanic and many are from low-income families.

Zipperman declined to provide specifics about security measures at the campus, but said every secondary school in the district had "policies and procedures" in place to protect students. Some schools failed to do the searches daily, the audit found. One-fourth lacked enough metal-detecting wands to search properly. Local news agency CNS reported that a "young woman", possibly a fellow student, had been arrested.

Our thoughts and prayers are with those who were hurt in today's shooting incident at Sal Castro Middle School and with all the students, families and employees on the campus.

Authorities spoke to some witnesses at the scene who told them that the gun was sacked after someone accidentally played with it.

Many were crying as they were embraced by emotional parents.

In the hours following the shooting, California's Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson issued a statement offering his condolences and thanking law enforcement and school officials for "acting rapidly and quickly locking down the campus to make sure this tragedy was not even worse".

One of the parents spoke to CBS San Francisco and said that she was anxious about her 13-year old son as the authorities did not allow the parents to approach the school after the incident.

Police didn't say what led to the shooting and little information was released about the girl who was detained. "I said, 'No.' Then I moved away from her because I was a little bit scared".

It wasn't immediately clear how she managed to bring it into class, he said.

"She shot a girl and a boy", he wrote. A 15-year-old male student opened fire at Marshall County High in Kentucky, killing two students and injuring 18 others. A 15-year-old girl was struck in the wrist.

In another troubling incident in 2016, two teens at a high school in Arizona died from the same bullet, in an apparent murder suicide.

They just say we need more counselors.

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