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2 students shot inside Philadelphia school, alleged shooter arrested

4:37 PM, Jan 17, 2014   |    comments
Philadelphia police said a gunman shot two students inside a Philadelphia charter high school Jan. 17, 2014. Each was wounded in an arm. (Photo: Scrrenshot via WCAU-TV)
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Two students have been shot inside a Philadelphia high school and police now say the alleged shooter has been taken into custody.

The shooting happened just before 3:30 p.m. at the Delaware Valley Charter School at 5201 Old York Road in the Olney section of the city, Philadelphia Police say.

A teen boy, who attends the school, pulled out a handgun inside the school's gymnasium and then the weapon fired. Police say it's currently unclear if the shooting was intentional or accidental.

Two 15-year-old students -- a boy and a girl -- were hit once in the arm in the shooting, which took place near the gymnasium, police said.

Both victims were rushed to Albert Einstein Medical Center, which is just a block north of the high school. They are both listed in stable condition.

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey says there were seven students inside the gym when the shooting happened and that the entire incident was caught on surveillance video.

Ramsey says officials were able to quickly identify the alleged shooter using the video. They then pulled his records and sent officers to his home along the 2200 block of Bucknell Street in the Gray's Ferry section of the city -- which is more than 11 miles south from the school.

Once there, Ramsey said SWAT officers took the unidentified alleged shooter into custody. The gun has not been recovered, police say.

The school was placed on lockdown following the shooting and was quickly secured. Officials say students are being searched and then released on a one-by-one basis.

Parents are being asked to go to Fisher Avenue and Old York Road to pick up their children. Police say parents should "not go to the school."

Delaware Valley Charter School is one of 87 charter schools in Philadelphia. Charter schools are independent of the School District of Philadelphia. The school serves more than 600 students in grades 9 through 12, according to Great Schools.

Check back for more on this developing story.

NBC Philadelphia

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