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Girl shot in Gardena High classroom fighting for her life

A 15-year-old girl who suffered a gunshot wound to the head at Gardena High School is undergoing surgery and is in critical condition at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.

The boy who was shot in the neck is in serious condition but is not expected to require surgery, officials said.

Hospital Chief Medical Officer Gail Anderson said one bullet appears to have struck the boy's neck before traveling to the girl's head.

"You don't see it very often, but it does occur," Anderson said of a single bullet striking two people.

It is unclear whether the girl was responsive when she arrived. She is under anesthesia and her surgery is expected to continue into the afternoon.

It is unclear if the bullet was lodged in her head, he said.

Doctors will be watching over the boy whose neck was struck to make sure there is no excessive bleeding and his airway isn't blocked, Anderson said.

Relatives have gathered at the hospital.

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-- Robert Faturechi at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center

 
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Wanna bet the AD was a Glock?

Amazingly stupid and senseless act. What a horrible way to die so you. Every child should see this and what happened and be made to understand that guns are not toys.

Im sure he was an avid Faux News listener

I hope she gets the same treatment Giffords has.

Just awful.

I hope she gets the same MEDIA ATTENTION as Giffords!

Stupid to bring a weapon to school. Children are not competent to handle weapons. No child should ever have access to a weapon. Now if this school has a lot of violence, what is the administration doing about it? Second, where were the parents? Parents should know exactly what their kids are doing and if they have a weapon. This whole incident is just stupid and senseless.

I thought this school had metal detectors already in place.

When will there be a recognition in this country that being able to get guns at the shop on the corner is not a right (a relic from cowboy times), but a curse? Take away everyone's guns, shutter all gun stores, and the killings will see a dramatic drop. Too bad that will never happen. Unfortunately it enables mass shootings and incidents like this one.

I lived in Gardena through most of the '70s and worked for the Gardena Valley News, the community newspaper there and was editor there in the late '70s. I am crushed by this news. Gardena is a wonderful city, surrounded by some very dangerous places, this multi-racial and multi-cultural community, Gardena remains a very good place to live, work and raise a family. My prayers go out to the entire community.

I'm from Gardena, my mom wouldn't let me go to school there on a regular basis because of the danger from gangs. I went to summer school at Gardena high one year and was robbed by a group of guys during lunch. Needless to say that was the last class I took at the school. This story is sad, I'm going to hope and pray for both kids recovery.

Pray she survives. Hope the gun carrying fool gets 10 years in the slammer.

How horrible! I hope this poor girl survives without any lasting disabilities. These kids just don't understand just how dangerous guns are! When will this nonsense stop. Now this young girl is clinging on to life...it hurts my heart!

Metal detectors! They should have mental detectors too.

California has some of the more strict gun laws in the U.S. I doubt that there are gun for sale on every corner in Los Angeles. An individuals' right to bear arms should not be held accountable by some senseless actions that a brainless teenager did.

Thank God she is at Harbor-UCLA. They have a great trauma center and are very experienced in dealing with gun shot victims.

Gangdena isn't the place it used to be, but then again nowhere else is, either. Prayers to the young lady and young man injured in this...but I'm willing to bet the kid who brought the gun to school was from a fatherless household with more interest in gaining recognition from his friends than his family. Well kid, great job- you got it.

Sad to hear, there are a number of people to blame here. The school, the suspects parents, and the teacher! The school should have better security, they should have metal detectors in the front of the school and have every student walk through them! Times are getting tough and people are getting desperate! The chances of someone bringing a gun to school are much higher these days then in the past. Where is the suspects parents? If you do not care for your child they will turn to gangs who will care for them! And the teacher should have noticed that a student walked into class that didn't belong in the class room!

Ever driven though Gardena? Let me tell you, I have. I couldn't drive through there fast enough. Angry looking thugs on every street corner. No wonder the kid was packing. He was probably one of them, or was protecting himself from one.

FIRST THING I THINK ABOUT IS PARENTS , WHERE IS , ARE THE MOTHER OR FATHER WHO NEEDS TO EDUCATE ON DANGEROUS SITUATIONS, DANGERS OF WEAPONS OR HOW TO HANDLE THEM AN AVOIDING DANGEROUS GROUPS. HOLLYWOOD IS THE NUMBER ONE SUSPECT IN DRAMA AN EMOTIONAL BINGES TO SOLVE A PROBLEM, HOLLYWOOD MAKES MOST EVERY MOVIE WITH GUNS TO SOLVE A PROBLEM AN USE VILANCE FOR CHANGE. THE MOVIE INDUSTRY PROMOTES HATE OF ONE GROUP AGAINST ANTOTHER ITS THERE BREAD AN BUTTER ITS THEIR DRUG OF CHOICE, CANT YOU SEE IT !! !

That's right

SHe better get the same treatment that Gifford is getting.

This is so tragic, so sad. This should never have happened. The prayers of many are being said for the victims and their families.

The kid who brought the gun is being called a sweetheart. Sweethearts don't bring guns to school.

I live half a block away - this is why neither my daughter nor my stepson go to this schoo - the M.O. has not changed - What the hell is a student taking a gun to school for anyway? if there were a reason, the better solution would be not to go to Gardena High - BAD part is, now this, coupled with the Arizona shooting will make Gun haters, have even more of a reason to try to Ban our amendment right to bear arms...this is a shame, as the US govt is just looking for reasons to disarm America, so when they institute Martial Law (already started at Wal Martials) - it will be easier to impose their coming New World Order....

This is S. Cal and regarless of gang violence parents do not always know what there kids are doing all of the time. You can check the back pack, car, bedroom etc etc, but kids will find ways to hide stuff. I have 2 kids of my own and I go thru there stuff all the time and I do not tell them and as far as I know they are unaware of it.
This is very sad and I hope they both recover 100%.

The boy who brought the gun to school will just be in Juvy til he turns 18 and let go scott free.
I smell a lawsuit a brewing.
The victim's parents will probably sue the school district for tens of millions, you just wait and see.

Its Obamas fault, I heard it on Fox "news".

 
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