2 students shot inside Philadelphia high school

Two students were shot and wounded by a classmate Friday afternoon inside a Philadelphia high school, police reported.

A boy and a girl, both 15 years old, were shot with a handgun in the gymnasium about 3:30 p.m. at theDelaware Valley Charter High School in the Olney section of North Philadelphia.

Police Lt. John Stanford said at a news briefing that each victim was hit once in an arm. They were taken to Albert Einstein Medical Center, two blocks away. The girl was discharged about three hours later after being treated for a graze wound, and the boy was listed in stable condition.

The suspect, a student at the school, was apprehended about an hour later several miles away in South Philadelphia, near his home, Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey told reporters. Police were seeking one or two others for questioning.

Security cameras recorded the suspect pulling out a gun and opening fire, but Ramsey said it was not yet clear whether the shooting was intentional or accidental. Seven students were in the gym at the time.

The school, for grades 9 through 12, was placed on lockdown. The 600 students were being searched and released individually. Police initially believed the shooter was still inside the school but said later that he had fled, prompting a search by officers and SWAT teams.

The school is equipped with metal detectors, and police and school officials are trying to determine how the suspect got the gun inside.


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