Teen shot in head at Gardena High shows signs of improvement

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The 15-year-old girl who was shot in the head at Gardena High School this week is said to be making progress. The teen remains hospitalized at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center near Torrance. She is in serious condition.

Doctors at Harbor-UCLA said Friday the girl is doing much better.

Gail Anderson, the hospital’s chief medical officer, says the teen is able to look at people and nod in response to questions.

"She’s able to open her eyes, to respond a little bit. She’s obviously hoarse, just got her breathing tube out," Anderson said. "She’s moving much better than she was than the day before. So she continues to progress very well. And we’re really hopeful that she’s going to have a very good recovery."

Doctors said the teen is also able to move both sides of her body.

A single bullet struck her temple when another student at Gardena High dropped a backpack that contained a loaded automatic weapon. The impact of the bullet fractured the girl’s skull.

Another student hit in the neck by the same bullet has already been released from the hospital.

Doctors aren’t sure yet when they’ll release the girl.