The young female student who allegedly opened fire inside a Los Angeles middle school classroom Thursday reportedly thought the gun was a toy.
The shooting suspect – who police confirmed is 12 years old – is accused of opening fire inside Salvador B. Castro Middle School. She was taken into custody almost immediately after the incident.
The Los Angeles Police Department interviewed the girl and later confirmed the shooting was an accident.
Benjamin Urbina, who was in the classroom at the time of the incident, told reporters the suspect thought the gun was a toy.
“They thought it was a toy gun, but then it shot,” Urbina said. He told reporters the suspect “didn’t mean to shoot” a 15-year-old girl in the wrist.
A 15-year-old boy was also shot in the head. Doctors said the bullet didn’t hit anything vital or life-threatening. Three other people had minor face or head injuries, some from broken glass, but weren’t shot, officials said.
Jordan Valenzuela, 12, told The Associated Press he was in class when he heard the bang and screaming. Valenzuela said the suspect told him it was an accident.
He said the sobbing girl told him: “I didn’t mean to. I had the gun in my backpack and I didn’t know it was loaded and my backpack fell and the gun went off,” the seventh-grader said.
Valenzuela said the girl asked him to hide the backpack with the gun inside.
“I said ‘No,'” he said. “Then I moved away from her because I was a little bit scared.”
SOURCE: Kathleen Joyce