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.
Today's school shooting in L.A. was reported at Belmont High School, but the campus also shares a property with Castro Middle School. “We're still trying to get that information,” an officer said https://t.co/oIe5jncJqM pic.twitter.com/g4ILgDr3nq
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) February 1, 2018
At least 2 students were shot at an L.A. school. A woman is in custody. https://t.co/rZITQk2HFv
— The New York Times (@nytimes) February 1, 2018
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.
— KTLA (@KTLA) February 1, 2018
“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.