Girl shot while walking home from Burien school

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BURIEN, Wash. —

Police are stepping up patrols near a school in Burien after a teenage girl was shot as she was walking home from school.

 The girl was wounded Monday while walking on 21st Avenue a few blocks away from Saint Francis of Assisi school.

 Police said the 14-year-old student was walking with two boys when they heard a loud pop and she suddenly felt a pain in her side.

 Investigators said she was hit by a small-caliber bullet or pellet that became lodged in her belly.

 She was taken to a local hospital but was transferred to Harborview Medical Center so doctors could remove the slug.

 She is expected to be OK.

 The students told investigators the gunman may have been in the passenger seat of a red car, but officers have been unable to confirm the report.

 The principal of Saint Francis of Assisi said the eighth-grade girl who was shot is a straight-A student.

 Police said the shooting appears to be random.

 A letter was sent to parents Monday asking them to drive students to and from school and saying students should wait to be picked up on campus as a precaution while the investigation continues.

 Officers will be canvassing the area Tuesday as students make their way to school.