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Student whose gun went off in classroom will be tried as juvenile, not adult

March 22, 2011 |  2:43 pm

A 17-year-old Gardena High School student suspected of carrying a handgun that discharged on campus, striking one student and critically wounding another, will be stand trial as a juvenile, not an adult, officials said Tuesday.

In January, the  teenager allegedly carried a loaded 9-millimeter Beretta in his backpack to school. He then reached inside the backpack to get something to eat, and the gun discharged a round in a classroom about 10:40 a.m, authorities said.

The bullet struck a 15-year-old boy in the neck before hitting a 15-year-old girl in the side of the head, officials said.

The teen, whose name has not been released, faces two felonies: possessing a firearm in a school zone and discharging a firearm in a school zone.

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-- Richard Winton

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