Oliver High School on lockdown – CBS Pittsburgh

By: KDKA-TV News Staff

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A student is in critical condition after a shooting outside Oliver Citywide Academy on the North Side.

Reports said two suspects walked toward a school van at the time of the dismissal and fired inside, a Pittsburgh Public Schools spokesperson said. The 15-year-old student was seriously injured, shot twice in the chest and underwent surgery at 3 p.m.

All students have been brought inside the building and the school is closed as a precaution, Pittsburgh Public Schools said. Police said students at the school would not be in danger and parents should wait at home before picking up their children.

It is not known what the relationship between the two suspects and the victim is, police said. According to investigators, the student and the driver were the only ones inside the van. The bus driver was upset but unharmed and was cooperating with police, investigators said.

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There is a heavy police presence outside the school, although KDKA’s Andy Sheehan reports from the scene that investigators are now trying to track down suspects who may have left the area. The couple are considered armed and dangerous, but the only description police could provide was that they wore masks and dark clothing and appeared younger.

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“It’s obviously, for us, a tragedy every time someone is shot, but having a teenager in front of a school is something we don’t accept. We’re going to do everything we can with our investigative resources, all the tools we have to try to locate those involved and take them into custody,” said Pittsburgh Police Chief Scott Schubert.

One person was initially arrested, but police say that person was unrelated to the shooting and have been released. Investigators know which direction the suspects ran after the shooting and are now looking at video footage.

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Brighton Road is closed to traffic between Marshall and California, Pittsburgh Public Safety said.

Pittsburgh police and Allegheny County sheriff’s deputies are at the scene, as are K-9 police units, KDKA-TV’s Chris Hoffman reported from the scene.

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The shooting took place around 2:00 p.m. The van was seen being towed around 2:50 p.m.

Pittsburgh Oliver Citywide Academy is a “full-time special education center serving students in grades 3 through 12,” according to the district’s website. It is described as “a highly structured school with a school-wide behavior management system to support positive behavior support plans for each student.”

KDKA-TV has a crew on the scene and will update this story as new information becomes available.

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