Two people shot into a van outside a Pittsburgh school upon dismissal Wednesday afternoon and sent a 15-year-old student to a hospital where he later died, authorities said.
Two people allegedly approached the school bus outside Oliver Citywide Academy and shot into it, hitting the male student, Pittsburgh Public Schools said.
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No arrests were made immediately. Police said they were reviewing surveillance videos and looking for witnesses.
Oliver Citywide Academy describes itself on its website as "a full-time special education center serving grades 3-12."
School officials said all other students were safe inside the building. The school was closed for a period.
Parents of the victim and other students had been notified, officials said.
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Police Chief Scott Schubert said such a shooting, which took place at a school, was of particular concern.
"It's something we do not want and we will do everything we can to find out who did it and put them on trial," he said.
Mayor Ed Gainey begged everyone with information about what he called "this heinous and criminal act" of coming forward.
Interim Superintendent Wayne Walters said support services would be provided to students and staff and that the school would switch to distance learning until Monday.
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"As a former principal, I know that the possibility of an incident like today is what keeps us awake at night," he said.
Walters said a teacher told him the young man had been a student at the school since 3rd grade.
"He loved school and he was so happy today to be back in school after the long weekend and the school's COVID closure," Walters said. "His smile was contagious and lit up a room. His sense of humor was contagious, and the staff member said the staff is inconsolable at this point because they loved him so much."