Two students were shot and wounded at Spingarn High School yesterday in an argument over a radio, D.C. police said. They said neither victim was seriously injured in the incident, which occurred in the midst of about 100 students gathered for a class in the school gym.
Many students in the gym of the school at 26th Street and Benning Road NE when the incident occurred about 3 p.m. screamed and ran for cover when they heard a single gunshot, police said.
They said that the student who fired the shot wounded himself and another student. Andre Williams, 18, of 1714 Montana Ave. NW and William Lester Chance, 17, of 1254 Florida Ave. NE were taken to D.C. General Hospital, where a spokeswoman said they were in good condition last night.
Police said one student tried to take a radio from another student and the second one objected. They said a gun was pulled and a single shot fired, which passed through the wrist of one student and hit the other in the left hand.
Williams was arrested and charged with assault with intent to kill, police said.
D.C. public schools spokeswoman Janis Cromer said that, though the District has a "no-expulsion policy," school officials will investigate the incident and, if circumstances warrant, attempt to have the student who fired the shot removed from the school system.
But, she said, "When we have anyone with a gun or drugs or any criminal offense, we press for criminal charges first."
"We have had incidents with knives scattered throughout the years, but guns are almost unheard of," Cromer said. She said that the last time a gun was found in a D.C. school was three years ago, and that it had not been used in a shooting.
Cromer said that Spingarn's principal will check the record of the student who allegedly had the gun and, after consulting with his parents and school counselor, make a decision on what type of internal action to take. She said that the principal can recommend that he be suspended for up to 10 days.
If school officials do not want the student to return, "we can seek to have criminal authorities prevent him from coming to school" and send him to a receiving home, she said.
"In the past we have asked the prosecution or the police make that intervention with the courts on our behalf," she said. "We can do it ourselves, but they have been very cooperative . . . "