Two students shot and three others injured in Echo Park area school shooting; 12-year-old girl charged in accidental shooting [updated]

A 12-year-old girl has been booked in connection with an apparent accidental shooting that wounded two students — one of them critically — inside a classroom this morning at Sal Castro Middle School just south of Echo Park.

The shooting left a 15-year-old boy in critical but stable condition with a gunshot wound to the temple and a 15-year-old girl in fair condition after being shot in the arm, according to police and fire department reports. In addition to the two students who were shot, three others, — including a 30-year-old female, an 11-year-old-male and a 12-year-old female — sustained minor injuries described as cuts and abrasions, mostly likely from broken glass, said the L.A. Fire Department.

Police recovered a semi-automatic handgun and detained a 12-year-old girl without incident.  The girl has been booked for a negligent discharge of a firearm.  An LAPD spokesman tonight said police believe the shooting was not intentional, according to several media reports.

“This continues to be an active investigation,” the LAPD said in a statement tonight. “However, at this time, the information suggest that this was an isolated incident.”

The shooting was reported shortly before 9 a.m. at the middle school, which is located on the campus of Belmont High in the 1500 block of Beverly Boulevard.  About 365 students in grades 6-8 attend the school, according to its website.

Parents waited anxiously for several hours outside the middle school before being reunited with their children after police locked down the campus and searched classrooms.

“We know this is a very traumatic incident for all the children, particularly those inside that classroom,” said Steven K. Zipperman, chief of the school district’s police force, at a news conference. “We will attend to the needs of these students who witnessed this very carefully.”

Doctors at L.A. County-USC Medical Center said the male student was shot in the temple but is doing well in intensive care, KPCC reported.

This story was  updatedat 7:3 pm with new reports from LAPD and LAFD

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  1. This is why you should make personal sacrifices as parents and save money in order to send your children to a private school. Public schools here are 3rd World ready at the very best.

  2. Westlake is “Echo Park area”??

  3. Thought there was only ONE world. What classist b.s. Anyhow, Roosevelt High will be getting over 100 million for renovation. Congrats teachers and students! Hope teachers get a raise

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