Two students were shot and wounded, one critically, inside a Los Angeles middle school classroom Thursday morning and police arrested a female student believed to be 12 years old, authorities said.
The 12-year-old girl has been booked for negligent discharge of a firearm and is in Los Angeles County Central Juvenile Hall.
The single round struck a 15-year-old boy in the temple and a 15-year-old girl in the wrist.
The boy was taken to hospital and is said to be in a critical but stable condition.
Three other people, ranging in age from 11 to 30, suffered minor cuts and scrapes. They also asserted that the shooting from a semi-automatic gun in a girl's schoolbag was not deliberate, adding that the girl is accused of carrying a weapon to school.
Said Dr Aaron Strumwasser, who treated the teens: "The trajectory of the bullet did not hit any vital structures that were an immediate threat to life".
He said, "She doesn't do bad things, she just stays quiet". She said she had been texting her daughter, but hadn't heard back. The charge came after one of the girl's classmates said that she was sobbing after the gun was sacked and told him repeatedly, "I didn't mean it".
Officers arrived on the scene after they got a call shots fired.
She had seen news of the shooting on TV and came to get her daughter, who is a student at the middle school.
"I just saw something pop", she said. The school has been declared safe, and we are communicating with parents of students at Castro Middle School, as well as neighboring campuses.
She texted her 14-year-old son, Johnny Romero, whose number was listed under "Johnny baby", and asked him if was OK.
The girl, who was taken into custody minutes after the shooting, has retained an attorney and isn't answering questions, Rubenstein said. "So I think he will do fine".
The district has a policy that requires every middle and high school campus to conduct daily random searches by metal-detector wands at different hours of the school day for students in the sixth grade and up.
Guadalupe Segura placed her hand on her heart as she watched her 13-year-old daughter, Jazmine, walk into the Westlake middle school, along with dozens of other students.
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.