Stated from the Los Angeles Times, according to a source, the 17-year-old student from Gardena High who brought a loaded gun to school in his backpack and then ran when it accidentally discharged, reportedly stole the weapon from his stepfather.
Unfortunately, the accident left two students injured: a single round from the 9-mill Beretta tore through a 15-year-old students neck and struck another student in the skull. Both victims, boy and girl were sitting in class when the incident occurred.
The female still remains in critical condition as the male was discharged from the hospital.
Coming from a source familiar with the investigation said that amidst the chaos, the suspect handed his backpack to a girl and another student, a male, provided the suspect with a sweatshirt to change his appearance. Another student have him money for a bus fare to flee the area.
"The 17-year-old, along with the two students who allegedly helped him, is expected to appear Friday in Juvenile Court. Police said he’s likely to be charged with assault with a deadly weapon. The student, according to the source, is on probation for a misdemeanor battery conviction," according to the Los Angeles Times.
"As students returned to campus Wednesday, they were forced to stand in a slow-moving line that stretched down the sidewalk, while staff members scanned them with metal-detecting wands and searched backpacks and purses for weapons."
"Despite the weapons search, some parents were wary of promises of change and doubted that enforcement would be long-term."
Los Angeles Times|January 19, 2011|7:30pm| By Andrew Blankstein