Philadelphia police said a gunman shot two students inside a Philadelphia charter high school Jan. 17, 2014. Each was wounded in an arm.
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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
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
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
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.
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