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2 boys held in shooting of 2 students at Philadelphia school

PHILADELPHIA — A boy and a girl hanging out with a group of fellow students in a high school gym were shot and wounded Friday afternoon, and as many as three boys may have been involved in the shooting, police said.

Police said one boy fled and was captured near his home, and one turned himself in later with his family. One was being sought.

The shooting happened at Delaware Valley Charter High School in north Philadelphia about 3 p.m., authorities said.

Surveillance video shows a group of about seven students hanging around in the gym when the shooting happened, police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said. It was unclear whether the shooting was accidental or intentional.

The wounded boy and girl were each shot in an arm, but it was unclear whether one or two shots were fired, Ramsey said. The wounded students, both 15 years old, were taken to a hospital near the school, police said. The girl was discharged Friday night, and the boy was listed in stable condition.

The boy who was captured lives in south Philadelphia, miles away from the school, and may have driven or taken a bus home after the shooting, Ramsey said. No gun was recovered, he said.

"We have not found a gun, but there's two, perhaps three, youngsters that were together," Ramsey said. "We're not sure which one fired."

Ramsey didn't know what staffing or security procedures were in place at the school but said "there was a breakdown in security of some kind" because the gun got into the building.

It was not the only U.S. school shooting this week. Authorities said a seventh-grader opened fire Tuesday in a New Mexico middle school gym, wounding two classmates.

SWAT team members conduct a room-by-room search inside Delaware Valley Charter High School in north Philadelphia, where two students were shot Friday in the school’s gym.

Philadelphia Inquirer

SWAT team members conduct a room-by-room search inside Delaware Valley Charter High School in north Philadelphia, where two students were shot Friday in the school’s gym.

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