19 Jan '11, 2am

2 students at a US school were wounded when a gun kept in another student's backpack went off by accident

People gather at the entrance to Gardena High School in Gardena, California. -- PHOTO: AFP LOS ANGELES - A GUN in a student's backpack accidentally discharged when he dropped the bag, wounding two students at a high school on Tuesday, Los Angeles police and school authorities said. A 15-year-old girl was in critical condition with a head wound and a 15-year-old boy suffered a neck wound, said Deputy Chief Patrick Gannon. Both were hit with the same bullet. The student who brought the gun apologised before running to a classroom, Chief Gannon said. 'He said, 'I'm sorry,' when the gun went off. It made it appear to the teacher that it was an accident,' Chief Gannon said. The shooting occurred in a classroom at Gardena High School, Officer Gus Villanueva said. Principal Rudy Mendoza said students were on a break at the time. Officers took the youth into custody and transporte...

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