PHILADELPHIA – A boy and a girl hanging out with a group of fellow students in a high school gym were shot and wounded Friday afternoon, and up to three boys may have been involved in the shooting, police said.
One boy fled and was captured near his home, and one turned himself in later with his family, they said. One more was being sought.
The shooting happened at the Delaware Valley Charter High School in north Philadelphia around 3 p.m., authorities said.
It was unclear whether the shooting was accidental or intentional, but it doesn’t look like an active-shooter type of situation, police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said.
The school was placed on lockdown and secured by SWAT officers checking each room. Students were searched and released one by one.
The wounded boy and girl each were shot in an arm, but it was unclear whether one or two shots were fired, Ramsey said. The wounded students, 15 years old, were taken to a hospital near the school, police said. The girl was discharged Friday night, and the boy was listed in stable condition.
The boy who was captured lives miles away from the school and may have driven or taken a bus home after the shooting, Ramsey said. No gun was recovered, he said.
Ramsey didn’t know what staffing or security procedures were in place at the school, but he said there was a breakdown in security of some kind because the gun got into the building.
Former student Donte Jenkins, who graduated last year, said there were metal detectors at the entrance, and he couldn’t figure out how someone had gotten in with a gun.
It was always a safe environment, Jenkins said. It was never a bad environment. I don’t know how this really happened.