The Los Angeles Police Department received a call of shots fired at a school in the 1500 block of West Second Street about 8:55 a.m., according to Los Angeles Police Department Officer Drake Madison.
Two students were shot and injured in a classroom at Sal Castro Middle School in the Westlake District on Thursday morning, and the suspected shooter is in custody, authorities said. The young girl informed her brother that a shooting had just occurred, and she asked her sibling to come for her. The motive is under investigation, Ramirez said.
"I'm just hoping it has nothing to do with him", she said. Diego, while still wearing medical scrubs, said he was in class when he heard from his sister.
Claudia Anzueto, Jordan Valenzuela's mother, said the boy was crying when he called her from a borrowed cellphone to tell her he was OK.
"Not safe, not safe, very insecure", she said.
The school, which shares a campus with Belmont High School, is on lockdown, the LAPD tweeted.
Student Melanie Valencia, 13, said the school did a random security search Thursday, but that she's never been checked. The school has about 365 students in grades 6-8 and nearly all are Hispanic and many are from low-income families. Castro said an emphasis at the school on long-term goals such as college and careers has improved student behavior, he said. "It's the best-kept secret in town".