23/02/2012 05:47 GMT | Updated 24/02/2012 11:54 GMT

Eight-Year-Old Girl 'Shot By Classmate' In Washington School (VIDEO)

An eight-year-old girl is in a critical condition after being accidentally shot in the stomach by her nine-year-old classmate.

The girl, who has been named by various sources as Amina Kocer-Bowman, was wounded after the gun, which was reportedly in the male pupil's rucksack, went off during a lesson at Armin Jahr Elementary School, Washington.

"We do know the gun and the student were found," the school district spokesman Patty Glaser told the media.

A spokesperson for Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where the girl was airlifted to after the shooting on Wednesday, said the hospital did not expect the girl's condition to change overnight.

Her classmate has been arrested for bringing a gun into school, unlawful possession and assault, according to ITN.