Boy in LA school shooting to be tried as juvenile

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Family members wait for their children outside Gardena High School on Jan. 18, 2011 where two students were shot after a gun in another student's backpack accidentally discharged. From left to right are Eliut Maururi, Elisabeth Guerrero and Maria Avila.

A judge has ruled that a 17-year-old charged with bringing a gun to a Los Angeles high school where it went off and wounded two classmates will be tried as a juvenile.

Long Beach Juvenile Court Judge John Lawson made his ruling Tuesday despite a district attorney's office motion that he should be tried as an adult.

District attorney's spokeswoman Jane Robison did not know what sort of sentence the teen would face if convicted as a juvenile of bringing a gun to a school zone and discharging it there.

The boy was arrested at Gardena High School in January. Police say a gun he smuggled in a backpack went off and a single bullet wounded two 15-year-olds.

Robison had no comment on Lawson's ruling.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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