ERIE, Pa. (AP) — A student was injured in a school shooting in northwestern Pennsylvania, but the person’s injuries were not life-threatening, authorities said.
City and Erie school officials said shortly before 10 a.m. Tuesday that police were called to Erie High School where the city said “one individual” was shot. Officials said the person was in good condition and was taken to hospital.
Deputy Chief Mike Nolan of the Erie Police Department said the injured person was a student. He said it was unclear how many shots were fired and declined to comment on the type of firearm involved and whether it was recovered.
State police said they were helping with the investigation and a shooter “ran away from school.” There was no other information on the suspect.
Police said they secured the school and asked people to avoid the area.
“The school is locked and the students are safe”, the city said in a Twitter post.
Erie Public Schools reported that the building was “in hard confinement” and officials were coordinating with police on campus. Officials said “evacuation by orderly removal” would take place as soon as the police cleared the district to begin this process, and also asked people to stay away from the area.
Officials said the school does not have metal detectors. The Erie Education Association, which represents faculty and staff at the school, said it has been pushing for safety improvements for years, but “every time, we are told ‘it will take time, we are working on it'”.
“We will not sit idly by another day until the safety of our students and staff is properly addressed,” the organization said in a statement, WICU-TV reported.
Mayor Joe Schamber called the shooting “very sad” adding that “Schools should be safe places where children learn and grow.