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04 February 2018, 01:18 | Tracey Rhodes
Sal Castro Middle School. Image KTLA-TV
At a school event last month where good attendance certificates were presented, Principal Erick Mitchell said the campus is becoming a destination for families who want a smaller school setting, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Mr Im declined to say if investigators believed the girl deliberately opened fire at Salvador Castro Middle School, near the city's downtown district, on Thursday.
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 USA gun violence with comprehensive and up-to-date data.
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.
Aerial TV footage showed a handcuffed female suspect being taken into custody and placed into a patrol vehicle while police went room to room, leading students out with their hands behind their backs. She has been booked into a juvenile hall on suspicion of negligently discharging a firearm on school grounds.
A 15-year-old girl was also reportedly shot in the wrist and several others were hit by broken glass.
The girl, who is not being identified by authorities because of her age, is scheduled to be arraigned Monday, according to the District Attorney's Office, which said it would not release any further information.
Shortly after that he said the girl asked him to hide the weapon.
Officers arrived on the scene after they got a call shots fired.
"They thought it was a toy gun, but then it shot", Urbina said.
The shooting was described as "not intentional" by Los Angeles Police Department Spokesman Josh Rubenstein.
'As a parent, this is everyone's worst-case nightmare, ' LAPD Deputy Chief Bobby Arcos later said at a news conference.
She texted that she was sitting next to two girls who were injured.
On Friday morning, anxious parents accompanied their children to the school as classes resumed.
"We will attend to the needs of these students who witnessed this very carefully, with the understanding this is very traumatic", he said.
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Diego Salinas said when his sister texted him from the middle school, he immediately rushed over. "The school has been declared safe, and we are communicating with parents of students at Castro Middle School, as well as neighboring campuses".
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