Female student taken into custody after shooting two 15-year-old classmates inside Los Angeles classroom

Thursday, February 1, 2018
By Paul Martin

Two 15-year-old students, a male and a female, were shot inside a classroom at a school in Los Angeles Thursday morning
Male student is in critical condition and the female student is in fair condition
Another 30-year-old woman was injured but not from a gunshot
A female student was taken into custody and a gun recovered
The call came from Salvador Castro Middle School, but the victims appear to be high school age
The middle school shares a campus with two high schools

1 February 2018

Two teens were shot inside a Los Angeles classroom Thursday morning and police arrested a female student suspect, authorities said.

Gunfire erupted shortly before 9am at a school in the Westlake 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 condition while the female is in fair condition. Another 30-year-old female was also injured, but not from a gunshot. Two others were injured from ‘peripheral stuff,’ according to School Police Department Chief Steven Zipperman

TV footage showed a girl with dark hair and wearing a sweatshirt being led out of the school in handcuffs.

Sgt Edward Bernal of the Los Angeles School Police Department a gun was recovered.

‘With the suspect in custody the situation is under control,’ Bernal told KTLA-TV.

Authorities said the first call came from Salvador B. Castro Middle School, but it’s unclear if the shooting actually happened there since the students appear to be high school age. The school shares a campus with Belmont High school and Harris Newmark High School.

The campus was put on lockdown shortly after the shooting. Students were led to safety by police officers, who then patted them down before releasing them.

‘The school has been declared safe at this point. There is no more safety threat,’ Zipperman said.

Bernal told KTLA that the school conducts random weapons checks.

The fact that a female student was taken into custody was surprising since females do not usually commit school shootings or mass shootings in general.

However, they aren’t unheard of. One of the first modern school shooters was a girl.

In 1979, 16-year-old Brenda Spencer shot and killed the principal and custodian at Cleveland Elementary School in San Diego, a school across the street from where she lived.

She pleaded guilty to two counts of murder and was given in an indefinite life sentence. She remains incarcerated at the California Institution for Women in Chino.

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