PHILADELPHIA - Two students were shot and wounded yesterday at a charter high school in northern Philadelphia, police said, in the latest of a string of school shootings that have helped fuel a national debate over gun laws.
PHILADELPHIA — Two students were shot and wounded yesterday at a charter high school in northern Philadelphia, police said, in the latest of a string of school shootings that have helped fuel a national debate over gun laws.
A suspect was taken into custody, police said.
The students’ injuries were not thought to be life-threatening, according to Philadelphia police spokeswoman Christine O’Brien.
Local television station 6ABC reported that two 15-year-old students, one male and one female, had been shot in the school gymnasium.
Police said they were not providing details about the suspect, citing his age. Police had tweeted that the suspect was a student at the school.
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said yesterday evening that officers still were investigating the motive and that there could be up to two additional suspects.
The 3:30 p.m. shooting at the Delaware Valley Charter High School was caught on video, he said.
Earlier, police had used Twitter to urge the suspected shooter to turn himself or herself in.
“SHOOTER — Turn yourself in. Get it over with now,” they said.
The wounded students were listed in stable condition at a local hospital, the television station said.
The incident follows a shooting on Tuesday at a New Mexico middle school, where a 12-year-old boy is accused of opening fire with a shotgun and seriously wounding two students.
In October, a 12-year-old boy in Sparks, Nev., opened fire at his school, killing a teacher and wounding two students before killing himself.
The shootings come amid a contentious national debate on gun control that intensified after a young gunman killed 20 students and six adults at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., in December 2012.