SAN FRANCISCO (UPI) — Four students were hurt when shots were heard outside a school campus in San Francisco Tuesday afternoon, with four male suspects were seen running away shortly after the shooting, according to the San Francisco Police Department.
Police responded to the shared campus of the June Jordan School for Equity and City Arts and Tech High School after four students were shot, one critically, in the parking lot around dismissal time Tuesday afternoon.
Students told police they had gathered in the parking lot after school when someone fired at them. A girl was shot in the upper extremities, sustaining life-threatening injuries, and two male students were shot in the lower extremities though they were not critically injured.
School officials put the campus on lock-out as officers searched the buildings room-by-room because they were concerned they were dealing with an active shooter situation. Officers also put a shelter-in-place order in effect for the surrounding area while searching for the four people seen fleeing the campus after the shooting.
About three hours after police determined the campus was safe, a fourth student went to the Bayview police station with injuries from the shooting and was transported to San Francisco General Hospital. The condition of the fourth student is unknown.
Officials from the San Francisco Unified School District said the four students believed to be involved in the shooting were unknown, and police say one of the students injured in the shooting was targeted and the others were bystanders.
Fernando Rodriguez, a junior at June Jordan School for Equity, said he heard “six pops” while walking in school hallways, running into a classroom for cover and called the situation “terrifying.”
Both schools will be open on Wednesday, according to the school district, and grief counselors will be made available to students.