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Officials: Boy hit in jaw by bullet last month at LA school

Students sit on a walkway at the Hollenbeck Middle School in the Boyle Heights section of Los Angeles on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019. A student is recovering after being shot in the jaw at a Los Angeles middle school last month and officials say the boy was possibly struck by a bullet fired from off campus. The Los Angeles Times reports the student was injured Aug. 27, 2019, at Hollenbeck Middle School in Boyle Heights. Officials didn't publicly acknowledge the incident until Tuesday.
Students sit on a walkway at the Hollenbeck Middle School in the Boyle Heights section of Los Angeles on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019. A student is recovering after being shot in the jaw at a Los Angeles middle school last month and officials say the boy was possibly struck by a bullet fired from off campus. The Los Angeles Times reports the student was injured Aug. 27, 2019, at Hollenbeck Middle School in Boyle Heights. Officials didn't publicly acknowledge the incident until Tuesday. AP Photo

A student was recovering after being shot last month in the jaw at a Los Angeles middle school by someone authorities said was off-campus, according to a newspaper report Wednesday.

The student was injured Aug. 27 at Hollenbeck Middle School in the Boyle Heights neighborhood, though school district officials didn't publicly acknowledge the incident until Tuesday, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The boy was in a lunch line when another student noticed he was bleeding near his ear, according to a written briefing provided by school Police Chief Steven Zipperman.

Nobody heard gunfire before the student felt something strike him, the briefing said. He was treated by a school nurse and his mother took him to a hospital.

Without any obvious evidence of a shooting or information about what struck the student, "this incident was deemed NOT an on campus-related crime," Zipperman wrote.

The Times said parents were initially notified that a student was injured, and a follow-up message Tuesday said the injury was from an "off-campus discharge of a firearm."

It was not immediately clear how officials knew that the gun was fired off-campus since they did not know the origin of the gunfire, the newspaper said.

The Los Angeles Unified School District confirmed the shooting after it was disclosed at a school board meeting by Gil Gamez, head of the school police officers union.

Los Angeles police were investigating.

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