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High School Student Shot Near Pembroke Park School: BSO

12:48 PM, Nov 1, 2013   |    comments
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A female Hallandale Beach High School student was grazed in the neck by a bullet while waiting for her school bus near Watkins Elementary School in Pembroke Park Friday morning, officials said.

Deputies received the call at 6:39 a.m. saying a 15 to 16-year-old victim was shot, in the area of SW 52nd Avenue south of Hallandale Blvd., according to the Broward Sheriff's Office.

The girl called her father following the shooting and he took her to the hospital, police said. From there she was taken to Ryder Trauma Center where she is recovering from non-life-threatening injuries.

No other students were hit, police said.

Parents dropping their children off at school were shocked at the news.

"Oh wow, that's never happened her before," said Grace Gee, a mother of two Watkins students. "Police officers, they circle here every day, so I don't know how that could have happened."

Many expressed concern for the victim and her family while worrying for their own kids.

"My heart really goes out to the family because I'm sure this morning when the parent sent their child to school they expected to see them this evening without something like this happening," mother Lilieth Eookan said. "It makes me think that it could be my child."

Meanwhile, they said they are trying to figure out how to explain the incident to their elementary school-aged children.

"I'll tell them that you have to really, really be careful," Gee said. "That's because it's really not safe anywhere anymore."

Authorities did not immediately release further details. The cause of the shooting remains unknown.

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