3 Shot Near Pittsburgh High School; Drug Link Probed
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pittsburgh officials say two more people are in custody in a shooting that wounded three students outside a city high school, bringing the total to six who were brought in for questioning.
Spokeswoman Diane Richard says police believe the shooting outside Brashear High School after classes ended Wednesday might stem from a drug-related dispute between students at the school last month.
Pittsburgh public safety director Michael Huss said Wednesday that six people are in custody. Richard says those in custody are not suspects or necessarily going to be charged. Police aren't saying whether they're also students.
The victims are all boys. Two are 17 and one is 16 years old. None were seriously wounded. Police say the victims were not immediately cooperating with investigators.
The student who was shot in the head was found inside the school, though that's because he "made his way back to the school, and was pulled back inside by one of the administrators," Richard said.
She stressed, "There was no shooting at Brashear school. ... The shooting did not happen in the school."
Brashear is a high school with about 1,400 students and 100 faculty in grades nine through 12 about two miles south of downtown. The school was locked down briefly, though students were released to their parents about 90 minutes after the shooting.
Police closed roads nearby and used dogs to search the nearby woods and neighborhood.
SWAT vehicles initially summoned to the scene left about an hour after the shooting, which was reported about 2:45 p.m., about the time classes are normally dismissed.