Two teens were shot inside Salvador Castro Middle School in one of the classrooms Thursday morning and police arrested a 12-year-old female student ‘person of interest’, authorities said.
Gun shots were heard shortly before 9am at Salvador Castro Middle School in a Los Angeles neighborhood.
A 15-year-old male was shot in the head and a 15-year-old female shot in the wrist. The boy is in critical but stable condition, while the female is in fair condition.
Three others were injured suffering non-gun related injuries including an 11-year-old boy, a 12-year-old girl and a 30-year-old woman, School Police Department Chief Steven Zipperman said.
TV footage showed a girl with dark hair and wearing a sweatshirt being led out of the school in handcuffs.
School shootings by girls are rare. One of the most well-known cases was Brenda Spencer, who targeted Cleveland Elementary School in San Diego in 1979.
The 16-year-old killed a principal and a custodian and injured eight children. When asked about her motivation, she reportedly said “I don’t like Mondays.”