Two Students Accidentally Shot at LA High School

Student had gun in backpack, and it went off
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 18, 2011 2:10 PM CST
A group of police officers stand outside Gardena High School in Gardena, Calif., Tuesday.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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(Newser) – Two Los Angeles high school students were wounded when a gun accidentally discharged in their classroom today, say police. A female student was shot in the head (she's in critical condition) and a male student was hit in the shoulder. Witnesses and authorities say a 15-year-old student had a gun in his backpack, and it discharged when he set the backpack down on a table, reports the Los Angeles Times.

One bullet struck both students, and the student who owned the backpack then ran from the classroom with it, setting off reports of a gunman at large at Gardena High School. He went into another classroom to hide before eventually surrendering to police. Click for more.

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