Prosecutors say gun went off in girl's backpack

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A girl aged 12 was charged with two felony counts in court following Thursday's accidental shooting injuring five at a middle school in the western US city of Los Angeles, local authorities said Friday.

The school shares its campus with Belmont High School.

Police say the young student believed the weapon was a fake when she placed it in her book bag before arriving at Salvador Castro Middle school. Jordan says the girl, who is a friend, said the gun went off accidentally when she dropped the pack.

Police spokesman Josh Rubenstein said Friday that investigators believe the bullet struck a 15-year-old girl in the wrist and then hit another classmate in the head.

The boy who was shot in the head was in stable condition at LAC-USC Medical Center following the incident and is expected to make a full recovery.

In the immediate aftermath of the shooting, officers could be seen bringing several students out of a classroom with their hands behind their backs, aerial footage showed.

The girl, being held in Los Angeles County Central Juvenile Hall, was also booked for negligent discharge of a firearm, authorities said.

"We would love to be able to talk to her more fully in an interview and just get to the intent and motive", Arcos said.

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At the front gate of the school, McNair said she was directed to the back, which was blocked off.

The shooting was reported to authorities around 8:55 a.m. Thursday.

On Friday morning, anxious parents accompanied their children to the school as classes resumed.

"As an older brother you wouldn't like your little sister to be in this type of situation, you know", he said.

Police are still trying to determine how the girl obtained the weapon. "We want to take our children home", Gonzalez said.

About 360 students from the sixth to the eighth grade attend the middle school, located in one of Los Angeles' most densely populated neighbourhoods.

At an informal presentation in January of good-attendance certificates, Principal Erick Mitchell said his campus was becoming a destination for families who wanted a smaller school setting.

Castro has about 365 students in grades 6-8 and almost all are Hispanic and many from low-income families.