Gunman Opens Fire At A Pittsburgh Area High School

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Shortly after Brashear High School let out for the day, an unidentified gunman opened fire outside of the building, striking at least three people.

Early reports suggest that the shooter (or shooters) struck two people in the leg outside of Brashear High School before proceeding indoors and shooting another person inside a locker room. All three of the reported injuries are believed to be non-life threatening.

According to local news reports, the building is no longer considered dangerous. Instead, police and K-9 units are currently on the scene and searching the surrounding woods for the gunman.

Brashear is the largest high school in the Pittsburgh Public School system. Some 1,400 students attend Brashear, and another 500 middle school students use the same facilities located less than five miles from the city center.

This is a breaking news story. Check back for updates.


4:00 PM: The lockdown that had been imposed at Brashear High School for the last hour has been lifted according to WTAE Channel 4, the local ABC affiliate in Pittsburgh. The search is still underway for the suspected shooter.


4:08 PM: Helicopter footage from WTAE shows one person in police custody being loaded into a SWAT vehicle. No word on whether this individual is a suspected shooter or simply a person of interest.


4:15 PM: Diane Richard, the public information officer for the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, spoke briefly with reporters on the scene. “There could be one shooter, there could be several shooters,” she said. “We don’t know at this time.” Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Linda Lane confirmed that the three victims are all Brashear students. “Two are in eleventh grade, one is in ninth grade,” she told WTAE minutes ago.


4:29 PM: Police spokeswoman Diane Richard says that the evidence now suggests that the victims were all shot outside of the school, and that the shooter or shooters emerged from a nearby wooded area but never entered school grounds. One victim ran back towards the building after being hit, where a school administrator pulled the victim inside and called police. According to Richard, one victim was grazed in the leg and foot, another grazed in his neck and shoulder, and the third grazed in the head. One victim is currently undergoing surgery, according to his family.

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