Teen surrenders in Philadelphia school shooting

PHILADELPHIA Sat Jan 18, 2014 2:11pm EST

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PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - A 17-year-old boy wanted in connection with a Philadelphia school shooting that wounded two students turned himself in to police on Saturday, a detective said.

The two injured students, a boy and a girl both aged 15, were shot in their arms on Friday at the Delaware Valley Charter High School when a teenage boy pulled a handgun in a gymnasium with about seven students in it, police said.

The teen sought in connection with the shooting surrendered and was charged with aggravated assault and related offenses, Philadelphia Police Detective Steve Grace said.

The boy, whose name has not been released, was being questioned by investigators, Grace said.

Soon after the incident, which was captured on surveillance video, police said another teenager thought to be the shooter was taken into custody but released when he was cleared of wrongdoing.

A third teenager was questioned and released on Friday although he could still face charges, police said.

The girl wounded in the shooting was treated and released from Albert Einstein Medical Center and the boy remains in a stable condition, police said.

School shootings such as the one at a Connecticut elementary school in December 2012 that left 26 children and adult staff members dead have intensified a national debate over whether gun control regulations need to be stricter.

In October, a 12-year-old boy killed a teacher and wounded two students at his school in Sparks, Nevada, before killing himself. Another 12-year-old boy in New Mexico is accused of seriously wounding two students with a shotgun on Tuesday.

(Writing by Alex Dobuzinskis; Editing by Krista Hughes)

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Mylena wrote:
That seems like a plague. We are the ones to stop it. If he is a minor so book the adults that allowed him to get the guns.

Jan 17, 2014 8:09pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Ever been to North Philly? My mother grew up at 25th and Allegheny Avenues. I spent much of my childhood at that house with my grandparents. I have not been back in over 36 years. Would not dare. The violence in those neighborhoods has been well known for decades. This is not new to this area. I am surprised there is even a charter school there. My guess is that it would not be hard to find a gun here, it does not even need to belong to an adult. Reality is brutal.

However, I hear President Obama has chosen an area in Philadelphia in which to focus his war on poverty. He certainly has many from which to choose. Time will tell if it actually makes a difference. I can tell you, the guns will not disappear.

Jan 18, 2014 3:25am EST  --  Report as abuse
Pre Katrina New Orleans had charter schools. with their population still smaller then b4 Katrina, they might still have some charter schools left.and remember before Katrina, new orleans had 1 of the highest crime/ murder rates in the country, police, city counsel members,mayors….you name it included. some areas after that went back to being bad, some areas became bad after Katrina.

Jan 18, 2014 4:34am EST  --  Report as abuse
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