Los Angeles school shooting by girl, 12, 'was unintentional'

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A 12-year-old girl was arrested after the shooting on Thursday

A shooting by a 12-year-old girl at a Californian school is thought to be unintentional, Los Angeles police say.

The girl has been charged with "negligent discharge of a firearm" after the incident left five injured.

A 15-year-old boy, who was shot in the head, and a 15-year-old girl, who was shot in the wrist, are both in a stable condition and are expected to make a full recovery.

A semi-automatic handgun was recovered at the scene.

It happened at 08:55 local time (16:55 GMT) on Thursday at Salvador Castro Middle School in the Westlake district.

An 11-year-old boy, a 12-year-old girl and a 30-year-old woman sustained minor injuries but were not shot directly.

A student who was at the classroom at the time told ABC News that he believed the girl thought the weapon was a toy gun and "didn't mean to" shoot anyone.

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Police checked students as they were evacuated from classrooms

It is also one of at least three shooting incidents at US schools in recent weeks.

On 23 January a student in Kentucky opened fire on fellow students, shooting 17 and killing two.

A day earlier, a 16-year-old student was apprehended after wounding a student at a Texas school.

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