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Student shot outside Suitland High School in Maryland


A Suitland High School ninth-grade student was shot outside the school in the District Heights area Thursday, according to Prince George’s County Public Schools.

A 14-year-old student was arrested for his involvement in the incident, Prince George’s County Police Chief Malik Aziz said at a news conference outside the school Thursday afternoon.

The shooting took place during a physical altercation on school grounds near the football stadium, school officials said. A large group of students witnessed the incident and ran inside the school after multiple shots were fired. Some student witnesses later gave information to police that led to the 14-year-old’s arrest, officials said.

Cpl. Unique Jones, a spokeswoman for the police department, said the incident happened around 10 a.m. and that the school was on lockdown. She said it was not a mass shooting and that there was no active shooter.

School resource officers were on-site and rendered emergency care to the 14-year-old victim, who was hospitalized and in stable condition, according to school officials.

The incident was under investigation Thursday, Aziz said.

The school remained on lockdown but was expected to dismiss classes at the regular time.

At a school board meeting Thursday night, school system CEO Monica Goldson addressed the shooting.

“Our prayers go out to the young man who was injured and we hope for his full recovery,” Goldson said. “We are committed to ensuring the safety of everyone who walks through our doors, and we will do everything in our control to keep our schools safe places for teaching, learning and working.”

Prince George’s County Public Schools will host a virtual town hall on student safety Tuesday. Parents will receive a robocall at 6 p.m. to dial into the town hall. Information will also be available on the school district’s website.