11 Students Shot Near 3 Detroit Schools
DETROIT (AP) _ Ten students were wounded by gunfire in or near three schools in one day in attacks possibly involving gang activity. Police and school officials promised to tighten security.
″It’s not getting any better. It’s getting worse,″ said Sarella Johnson, co-founder of the anti-violence group Save Our Black Youth.
An 11th student escaped injury when a bullet struck his wallet. At least one wounded student remained hospitalized today in serious condition with a chest wound.
No arrests had been made in any of Wednesday’s shootings, which police said were unrelated.
Six students at Finney High School were grazed by buckshot when three ski- masked gunmen fired at them in a crowded hallway. Another student was shot while walking out of Mumford High School. And three teen-agers were wounded in a drive-by shooting while walking past an elementary school.
The shootings at the high schools apparently stemmed from gang disputes, said police Inspector Benny Napoleon. The motive for the drive-by shootings near the elementary school wasn’t immediately determined.
Superintendent Deborah McGriff said the district had asked the Police Department for additional patrols around schools and to increase the number of random sweeps for weapons.
Officer Rhoda Virgil-Madison, a police spokeswoman, said the department wouldn’t publicize security measures it might take.