City School Supervisor Barry Williams answers question
from a reporter after a Lake Clifton-Eastern High
School student was shot three times as he walked up to
school Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2001 in Baltimore. The
student was in critical condition after being shot but
later died. The police believe it was a
premeditated attack. Two students from another city
school were detained for questioning shortly after the
shooting, police said.
BALTIMORE - A student was in critical condition after being
shot three times outside a city high school Wednesday in what police said
was a premeditated attack.
Vanessa Pyatt, spokeswoman for the school system, says the
9th grader was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where doctors performed
surgery on his wounds. He died shortly after the operations on Wednesday
City police have arrested two people at the corner of Sinclair and
Washington shortly after the 8:45 a.m. shooting on the grounds of Lake
Clifton-Eastern High School. They are still searching for at least two other
involved in the crime.
The 17 year old student was shot with a small-caliber pistol while
standing near a flagpole in front of the school's main entrance, police
commissioner Edward Norris said. The gun was not recovered.
Witnesses said one suspect fled into a wooded area surrounding the school
and jumped into a car waiting on the other side (SeeSCHOOL
SAFETY SITE ASSESSMENT). The car was pulled over
by police a few blocks away and both suspects were being questioned.
Police would not discuss a possible motive for the shooting.
``All I can imagine is that this is something that came from the
community and spilled over onto school grounds,'' said area schools
superintendent Barry Williams (See
- A community violence prevention program).
Matthews underwent surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital and was in critical
condition, spokeswoman Beth Simpkins said. But later passed away according
This morning, January 17, 2001,
another school student lost his life to the mindless epidemic of
violence. This incident coincides with the Surgeon Generalís
release of a report on youth violence.