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12-year-old girl set to enter plea in LA school shooting where bullet struck 2 in class

By in Press Enterprise on February 5, 2018

By City News Service Mother Elizabeth Acevedo and her son Andres, 3, wait for news of her son Jose an eighth-grade student at Sal Castro Middle School in Los Angeles Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018. Two students were shot after a gun in a girl’s backpack went off, authorities said. That 12-year-old girl is slated to be arraigned Monday, Feb. 5. (Photo by Damian Dovarganes/Associated Press)

LOS ANGELES — A 12-year-old girl accused of bringing a gun to Sal Castro Middle School, where it went off accidentally and wounded two students, is scheduled to be arraigned today.

The girl, who has not been identified because of her age, faces felony charges in juvenile court of being a minor in possession of a firearm and having a weapon on school grounds. She will be asked today to enter a plea.

Police announced Friday that investigators have determined the semiautomatic handgun discharged while it was inside a backpack Thursday morning, and the shooting appeared to be accidental.

A 15-year-old boy was shot in the head and a 15-year-old girl was struck in the right wrist. Speaking Friday morning on KNX Newsradio, Mayor Eric Garcetti said a single bullet apparently went through the girl’s wrist and struck the boy near one of his temples before lodging in his neck.

Dr. Aaron Strumwasser, who treated both teens at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center, said the boy was “extremely lucky” to survive.

“The trajectory of the bullet did not hit any vital structures that were an immediate threat to life,” Strumwasser said. “So I think he will do fine.”

Strumwasser said both teens are expected to make full recoveries.

Los Angeles police cordon off the Belmont High School in Los Angeles Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, after two students were shot inside a classroom at the neighboring Sal Castro Middle School and police took a female student into […]    

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