Three shot, five in custody after shooting near Pittsburgh school

PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania Wed Nov 13, 2013 5:53pm EST

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PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - Three teenage boys were wounded on Wednesday and five people have been taken into custody after shots were fired outside a Pittsburgh high school in an incident that police said could be related to a fight that took place at the school a month ago.

The three victims, one age 16 and two age 17 were not cooperating with investigators, police said. Pittsburgh's EMS chief, Mark Bocian, said their injuries were not life-threatening.

"This whole incident ... may have been related over something that happened a month ago," said Pittsburgh police spokeswoman Diane Richard after speaking with officials at Brashear High School, near which the shooting took place.

Richard said a fight at the school on October 18th "quite possibly could be drug-related."

Police took five people into custody late Wednesday afternoon, said Pittsburgh Police Acting Chief Regina McDonald. None of those in custody have been charged.

Nick Lorusso, 52, a truck driver, said he was in his backyard chopping wood about two blocks from the school when he heard seven or eight quick gunshots.

"It was quick, like boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom boom, all in a row," he said.

Freshman Julian Drewery, 15, said he was getting into his father's car around 2:55 p.m. ET (1955 GMT) when he saw a fellow student bleeding and thought at first there had been a fight.

"But then I was like, 'No, that can't be from a fight - that's a lot of blood,'" Drewery said. "I saw a kid with blood dripping down his neck ... kids started running."

Brashear High School is the city's largest high school by enrollment with 1,416 students, according to the Pittsburgh Public School district.

(Additional reporting by Barbara Goldberg and Ellen Wulfhorst; Writing by Chris Francescani; Editing by Daniel Trotta, Scott Malone, Alden Bentley and Bob Burgdorfer)

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Comments (2)
hawkeye19 wrote:
“And I was like…and they were like…we were all like English majors”.

Nov 13, 2013 7:32pm EST  --  Report as abuse
laserjet888 wrote:
the three victims are not cooperating with investigators? then charge them with obstruction and put them in jail, they’re part of the problem.

Nov 13, 2013 8:40pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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