Three Injured As Shooting Erupts At Texas High School
SAN ANTONIO (AP) _ Gunfire broke out Tuesday at a high school described by students as fraught with gang and drug activity, and three teen-agers were wounded.
Students said a feud between two gangs and their offshoot groups led to the shootings. Witnesses reported hearing arguing before the shots and said one boy had been teased for wearing the wrong color of clothing.
″I was diving out of the way,″ said student Ursula Hall. ″I almost got shot. I was scared, I was terrified.″
Police arrested and charged three males in the shootings at Sam Houston High School. The victims and suspects all are students at the school, officials said.
″According to the wounded people, they are accusing the ones who did the shooting of being members of a gang,″ said San Antonio School District Superintendent Victor Rodriguez. He later confirmed that gangs were involved.
District spokesman Bobby Zamora said classes were dismissed, and some students went home by bus.
Rene Gaines, another school district spokeswoman, said classes would resume Wednesday with extra guards stationed at Sam Houston. Counseling will be available for students trying to cope with the violence, she said.
Otherwise, ″it’s school as usual,″ Ms. Gaines said.
Students and parents described the 1,400-student school as a dangerous place where gangs and drugs are prevalent. Several spectators booed and shouted at the superintendent when he told reporters Sam Houston is as safe as possible.
Police arrested an 18-year-old, Kenneth Wolford, and charged him with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, police Sgt. Paul Buske said.
Two others, both juveniles, also were charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, he said.
A 16-year-old boy shot in the chest was in fair condition at Wilford Hall Medical Center, said hospital spokesman George Kelling. Another boy was shot in the foot and a third was shot in the thigh and calf, officials said. Both were in fair condition at Medical Center Hospital, said hospital spokeswoman Inez Eisazadeh.