Student dies after being shot outside Pittsburgh school; 2 sought

PITTSBURGH — A student died from his wounds after being shot Wednesday afternoon outside Pittsburgh’s Oliver Citywide Academy, according to WPXI.

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The incident happened around the time classes were dismissed for the day, Pittsburgh Public Schools officials told WPXI. Two people approached a school van and shot into the van, injuring a 15-year-old boy inside, according to the news station.

Update 11:28 p.m. EST Jan. 19: Police said that the student was shot twice in the chest, WPXI-TV reported. He was taken to an area hospital in critical condition and died just before 5:30 p.m. EST, police confirmed to the television station.

“Today was nothing short of a tragedy,” interim Pittsburgh Public Schools superintendent Wayne Walters said during a virtual news conference. “I stand with the leaders of the school. As a former principal, I know just the possibility of an incident like today is something that keeps us up at night.”

Original report: Police told WPXI that the boy was shot twice in the chest. He was taken to a hospital for treatment of his injuries.

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Oliver Citywide Academy went into lockdown after the shots were fired, WPXI reported. Police said the lockdown was lifted around 3:10 p.m.

Authorities told WPXI that they are looking for two suspects in connection to the shooting. No suspects were immediately taken into custody.

Oliver Citywide Academy is a special education center serving students in grades three through 12, according to Pittsburgh Public Schools. As of Oct. 1, about 105 students were enrolled at the school, officials said.