Students push end to violence after 4 shot outside school

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Posted: Oct 20, 2016 8:56 AM
Students push end to violence after 4 shot outside school

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Students at two San Francisco schools where four classmates were shot in the parking lot the day before walked arm-in-arm as they exited classes and called for an end to violence.

The expressions of sadness and resolve came after classes resumed Wednesday at the June Jordan School for Equity and the City Arts and Technology High School with extra security in place. Police searched for suspects in the shooting that wounded four students, leaving a girl in critical condition.

The gunfire rang out as students were leaving Tuesday, creating chaos on the shared campus. Teachers herded students into classrooms, and the schools were locked down

Some students wiped away tears as they recounted the scene.

Devianna Lucero, a 15-year-old sophomore, said she heard five or six loud bangs as she left school — at first thinking nothing of it. Then chaos erupted.

"At first, I didn't believe they were gunshots. I thought someone was banging on the wall," she said. "Then everyone was screaming and running to the classrooms."

Flowers were strewn in the parking lot Wednesday, along with messages scrawled in chalk that said, "No More Violence" and "All Lives Matter."

Police said they were looking for four suspects but not how many had opened fire, striking a female student who was believed to have been targeted and three other teens. All are 15.

Jessica Huang, a co-director at the June Jordan school, said the group that staged the attack were outsiders and not students at the school. She said the girl underwent a successful surgery and the other three students had been released from the hospital.

"It was terrifying," Fernando Rodriguez, a 16-year-old junior, told The San Francisco Chronicle. "We walk into this school every day, every morning, and to hear gunshots like that — just scary."

Rodriguez said he stayed inside a classroom with dozens of other students and a teacher with the door bolted shut for about 30 minutes.

Police searched both schools to determine that there was no shooter inside. Rodriguez said students and teachers were later told that the shooting had happened outside and that it was safe to leave.

Counselors were on hand Wednesday and security was increased, school officials said.