News breaking out of California where a twelve-year-old girl is now in police custody after a school shooting that left two young students shot.
According to the Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Fuer, law enforcement was called to Salvador Castro Middle School on Thursday shortly before 9 AM to reports of an active shooter.
The Los Angeles Police Department immediately responded to the scene at 1575 West 2nd Street in Los Angeles where eyewitnesses reported that a 12-year-old girl opened fire in a classroom.
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LAPD Officer Drake Madison says the shooting occurred before the school day started as children were preparing in their home rooms.
Emergency medical responders found a 15-year-old male student with a gunshot wound to the head and a 15-year-old female student who had been shot in the wrist.
Los Angeles Fire Captain Erik Scott said that the male student is in critical condition at this time and the female student is expected to be treated and released quickly. Three additional people were injured in the shooting including a 30-year-old female, an 11-year-old male student, and a 12-year-old female student all who had been hit by broken glass once the gunfire began.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">L.A. school shooting so far: <br>–Two 15yo students shot in a classroom; one is in critical condition<br>–30yo female also injured (not a gunshot wound)<br>–Female suspect in custody<br>–At Salvador Castro Middle School, which shares campus with Belmont High School<a href="https://t.co/oIe5jmV82c">https://t.co/oIe5jmV82c</a> <a href="https://t.co/VPRV16VOAT">pic.twitter.com/VPRV16VOAT</a></p>— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) <a href="https://twitter.com/latimes/status/959124536338694144?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 1, 2018</a></blockquote>
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The shooter was quickly taken into custody and the firearm was recovered from the scene of the crime.
LAPD Deputy Chief Robert Arcos says it's too early to determine a motive in the shooting, but that other students had said the victims knew the girl who fired the shots.
The Los Angeles Unified School District released a public statement which said that counselors are going to be available at the school over the next week to talk to students.
The district's interim superintendent, Vivian Ekchian, said while it's a tragic series of events that the school is now declared as "all safe" and classes will resume regularly tomorrow. She also offered her thoughts and prayers to those affected and injured in the terrible crime.
It brings about an interesting question as to how a 12-year-old was able to access a firearm, and then get it inside of the school to begin with.
The district surrounding the school is predominantly Hispanic although as of this time no identifying factors have been released on the victim or the female shooter.
Around 360 total students from the sixth to the eighth grade attend the middle school, located in one of Los Angeles’s most densely populated neighborhoods. Westlake, a heavily Hispanic area, is home to more than 20 schools.
We will update this story as more information comes in.
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