2 teens shot at Los Angeles middle school, suspect in custody

1 person in custody following Los Angeles school shooting

Chief Steve Zipperman with the Los Angeles Unified School District appeared to confirm that, saying, "We know this is a very traumatic situation for everyone involved, particularly in that classroom".

This is the third USA school shooting in just over a week; a 15-year-old boy in Kentucky killed two and wounded 14 on January 23, the day after a 16-year-old boy wounded one girl in Texas.

Jocelyn Lopez told KLTA that her younger sister, a 13-year-old seventh grader, was in the classroom where the shooting occurred.

The school is now on lockdown and there is no immediate word on the extent of injuries.

Three others suffered minor injuries due to shrapnel or broken glass.

According to NPR, there were 11 separate school shootings reported in America in the month of January this year along, and February 1 sees the year's 12th school shooting taking place.

A 12-year-old girl has been arrested following a school shooting in Los Angeles.

The boy is in a critical condition after receiving gunshot wounds to the head and and the condition of the girl, who suffered a wrist injury, was described as "fair".




Both Sal Castro MS and Belmont High School, which is on the same grounds, were put under lockdown while police responded to the incident.

After the suspect was taken into custody and the wounded students were taken to hospitals, police went room to room on the locked-down campus, leading some students out with their hands behind their backs.

Police cars blocked off a junction near the school and parents gathered at the street corner, talking on their phones and awaiting word on their children.

Aerial footage on local television showed a girl being led out of the school in handcuffs.

Los Angeles police spokesman Josh Rubenstein confirmed that the shooting was ruled out as accidental. As word spread among students about the incident, anxious parents began gathering outside the school awaiting information.

Bernal says a gun was recovered.

" Someone made a decision to bring a gun, I guess someone was accidentally playing around with it", he said."They thought it was a fake gun".

The shootings are the most recent in a spate of incidents within schools in the United States this year.

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