Handgun in LA school shooting inside backpack when discharged: police

The handgun used in Thursday's shooting at the local Sal Castro Middle School was inside a backpack when it was fired, local authorities said Friday.

The case has been presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office and the charges the subject will ultimately face will be determined by their review of the evidence, said the Los Angeles Police Department in a statement, noting that the investigation is still underway.

A 12-year-old girl, who was suspected of bringing a handgun to the campus Thursday, was taken into custody and booked on a charge of negligent discharge of a firearm.

A 15-year-old boy was shot in the head and a 15-year-old girl was shot in the wrist in the incident. Fortunately, both of them are expected to fully recover.

Three other people -- two children and a 30-year-old woman -- suffered minor injuries that were not caused directly by the shooting.

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.


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