A total of 14 shootings have occurred on school campuses across the United States in 2018 as of Thursday, according to Everytown for Gun Safety, a non-profit organization committed to measuring US gun violence with comprehensive and up-to-date data.
A mother and daughter react after being picked up on campus after school at Salvadore Castro Middle School in Los Angeles, California on February 1, 2018.
An LAPD spokesman tonight said police believe the shooting was not intentional, according to several media reports. She is being held at juvenile hall and faces charges of negligent discharge of a firearm and bringing a loaded firearm onto a school campus, police said.
In the tweet, police did not address the questions many parents and others have: how a 12-year-old girl was able to get her hands on a gun in the first place, and how she was able to get it out of her house and into her school.
The male teenager was listed in critical condition after suffering a gunshot wound to the head, according to KABC, while the female victim was in fair condition after being shot through the wrist.
Three others suffered minor injuries in the incident at Salvador B. Castro Middle School.
Jordan said he saw a hole in the backpack, which the girl was holding, when she asked him to hide the gun for her.
Officers arrived on the scene after they got a call shots fired.
After police began to patrol the premises and investigate the evidence, they have come to a conclusion that the shooting was largely unintentional, and was not meant to cause harm to any classmates or faculty. "They thought it was a fake gun". The girl has been booked for a negligent discharge of a firearm.
Alexandria Colon, Sabrina's 13-year-old sister, said the school doesn't have major problems with bullying or gangs, like Belmont High School across the street. Apparently, this shooting was an accidental discharge of just one round from inside a backpack.
None of the identities of those who were injured have been released.
We are fully cooperating with the Los Angeles Police Department in its investigation of this matter.
Our thoughts and prayers are with those who were hurt in today's shooting incident at Sal Castro Middle School and with all the students, families and employees on the campus.
Los Angeles police kept parents updated on Twitter and in a meeting outside the school, telling them if they had not heard from their child they should assume they were safe and well.