On Thursday, four students and an adult were injured during a shooting inside a Los Angeles middle school. A 12-year-old girl was seen being walked out of the school in handcuffs. She had been arrested on suspicion of negligent discharge of a firearm and police believe that the shooting was an accident.
"At this time, the information suggests that this was an isolated incident, involving the negligent discharge of a firearm, where innocent children and a staff member were unfortunately injured," the Los Angeles Police Department said in a statement.
A 15-year-old female was reportedly shot in the wrist, and a 15-year-old boy was shot in the head. According to the Associated Press, he was in critical condition but he has now but upgraded to stable. Three others suffered minor injuries, Capt. Erik Scott with the Los Angeles Fire Department told the Los Angeles Times. According to NBC News, the injured are a 30-year-old woman, an 11-year-old boy and a 12-year-old girl. Scott said injuries include minor abrasions from glass.
A 12-year-old boy was present in the classroom where the shooting happened. He told the Los Angeles Times that he thought it was an accident.
" Someone decided to bring a gun, I guess someone was accidentally playing around with it,” he said."They thought it was a fake gun."
Another classmate, 12-year-old Jordan Valenzuela told The Associated Press that he made contact with the suspect after the gun went off. He said she was sobbing and saying, “I didn’t mean it.”
Valenzuela believes the gun was in her backpack and that it went off when she dropped her bag.
In a morning news conference on Friday, police told gun owners that they must secure their weapons to keep them out of the hands of children.
"Los Angeles has a law about the safe storage of weapons," L.A. City Atty. Mike Feuer said. "Every responsible gun owner needs to take heed."