Two teenage students have been shot at a Los Angeles school, and police say that the female shooter is in custody and her weapon has been seized.
Gunshots erupted shortly before 9 a.m. at Sal Castro Middle School, just west of downtown Los Angeles. and authorities said two students were shot inside a classroom.
A a 12-year-old female student was taken into custody after gunfire wounded a 15-year-old boy, who was shot in the head and is in critical condition, and a 15-year-old girl, who was struck in the wrist and is in fair condition.
Three other people — a 30-year-old woman, an 11-year-old boy and a 12-year-old girl — suffered minor injuries and were taken to local hospitals.
The shooting was reported to Los Angeles police at 8:55 a.m. (11:55 a.m. ET).
Police found a gun at the scene, according to Los Angeles police Lt. Chris Ramirez.
Authorities have not released a suspected motive for the shooting, or more details of how the girl was arrested.
Steve Zipperman, the chief of police for Los Angeles schools, said that investigators will carefully examine the case and will make trauma counsellors available to any students who may need them.
“We will attend to the needs of these students who witnessed this very carefully, with the understanding that this is very traumatic,” Zipperman said. “We know this a very traumatic incident for all the children involved, particularly inside that classroom.”
“With the suspect in custody, the situation is under control,” said Sgt. Edward Bernal of the Los Angeles Unified District Police Department.
The violence in Los Angeles was the 24th school shootings in the U.S.since the beginning of the year
Last week a 16-year-old suspect opened fire at a Texas high school on Jan. 22, wounding a teenage girl and a 15-year-old boy killed two students and wounded 18 other people at a Kentucky high school.
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