Female Student Seen in Handcuffs After LA School Shooting

February 1, 2018 Updated: February 1, 2018

Two students were shot and a person was arrested after a Thursday morning shooting at a middle school near downtown Los Angeles, police and local media said.

Los Angeles police spokeswoman Wendy Reyes confirmed that one person was taken into custody, but could not immediately provide details on the suspect. The Los Angeles Times reported that news video showed a young female being led to a police car.

“We know this a very traumatic incident for all the children involved, particularly inside that classroom,” said Steven Zipperman, who is the head of the Los Angeles school system police department, NBC reported.
Police said they responded to a call at 8:55 a.m. local time Thursday, Feb. 1 of shots being fired at the shared campus of Sal Castro Middle School and Belmont High School west of downtown.

It appears the two people who were injured were students and that the shooting happened at the middle school, Reyes said.

Television station KTLA in Los Angeles reported that one of the students was shot in the head, which police said they could not confirm.

The middle school was under lockdown, KTLA reported.

“With the suspect in custody, the situation is under control,” Sgt. Edward Bernal of the Los Angeles Unified District Police Department told The Associated Press.

Gloria Echeverria, who is the mother of a 13-year-old student, told AP that she was “hoping it has nothing to do with him.”

“I’m just scared for all the kids,” she said. “School is supposed to be a safe place for them, and apparently it’s not.”

Jocelyn Lopez told KLTA that her younger sister, a 13-year-old seventh grader, was in the classroom where the shooting occurred.

In text messages, the girl said that she “just heard something pop inside the classroom,” according to Lopez. “It was really close to her,” she said.

Reuters contributed to this report.

From NTD.tv


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