lizabeth Acevedo and her son Andres, 3, wait for news of her son Jose, an eighth-grade student at Belmont High School in Los Angeles. Two students were shot and injured, and a suspect, a 12-year-old girl, was arrested, police said. (Damian Dovarganes/AP)
Two students injured
in classroom shooting

Two students were shot and injured in a Los Angeles middle school classroom Thursday and a suspect, a 12-year-old girl, was arrested, police said.

A 15-year-old boy was in critical condition after being shot in the head, and a 15-year-old girl was in fair condition after being shot in the wrist at Salvador Castro Middle School.

Officer Drake Madison with the Los Angeles Police Department, who announced the arrest of the suspect, said no motive was yet known.

Police said three others suffered bruises or cuts, perhaps from glass or shrapnel. One of those victims was transported to a hospital for treatment of abrasions.

A call for a shot fired came in at 8:55 a.m. local time, police said. The school was declared safe by police about 10 a.m.

— Susan Svrluga

Court strikes down ban on guns near parks

The Illinois Supreme Court has ruled that a state law banning guns within 1,000 feet of a public park violates a Second Amendment right to self-defense.

Thursday's 7-0 ruling vacates the 2013 conviction of Julio Chairez for carrying a gun near a park in Aurora, west of Chicago.

The 25-page opinion notes Chicago has over 600 city parks, so a 1,000-foot restrictive zone would bar the possession of legal guns in vast areas.

— Associated Press

Prosecutor resigns
over rape case plea deal

An Oklahoma prosecutor has resigned after negotiating a plea deal that gave probation to a legally blind man who raped a
13-year-old Texas girl at a church camp.

Murray County District Attorney Craig Ladd said he disliked the way the case was handled. On Wednesday, he announced the resignation of David Pyle, the assistant prosecutor who handled the case.

Pyle said Monday that a major factor in his decision not to insist on prison time was that the defendant was legally blind. Instead, Benjamin Lawrence Petty, 36, was sentenced to 15 years probation after pleading guilty to first-degree rape and other charges. He will be required to wear an ankle monitor for 24 months, register as a sex offender and obtain treatment.

Petty pleaded guilty to attacking the girl in 2016 while she was attending the Falls Creek church camp in southern Oklahoma. Petty, who was a cook at the camp, tied a rope around the girl's wrists, raped her and threatened to hurt her if she told anyone, according to investigators.

— Associated Press

House votes to expel GOP lawmaker

The Arizona House voted Thursday to expel a Republican lawmaker after a report ordered by legislative leaders of his own party showed he engaged in a pattern of sexual harassment.

Rep. Don Shooter of Yuma is believed to be the first state lawmaker in the United States to be voted out of his seat since the #MeToo movement against sexual misconduct began last fall. Other legislators nationwide have resigned or been stripped of their leadership posts after being accused of misconduct.

The fallout comes months after state Rep. Michelle Ugenti-Rita (R) said Shooter propositioned her for sex and repeatedly commented on her breasts. Many other women, including the then-publisher of Arizona's largest newspaper, also complained that he subjected them to inappropriate sexual comments or actions.

— Associated Press