HOUSTON – An 18-year-old is now being detained by police after a student was shot in the hand at North Forest High School Wednesday.
The Houston Police Department said the shooting happened around 10:30 a.m. at 10726 Mesa Drive, adding that it is not an active shooter situation. The suspect fled the scene, police said.
Houston Independent School District Police said the male student who was hit was grazed in the finger. Police said he was not involved in the incident. The student was not hospitalized.
Shortly after the shooting, officers found a person in a gray truck in the 8200 block of Sterlingshire with gunshots in the truck’s side panel, the Houston Independent School District chief said in a news conference Tuesday afternoon. The vehicle matched witnesses’ descriptions, police said.
HPD is responding to a shooting at North Forest High School (10726 Mesa Dr.) about 10:30 a.m.— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) June 9, 2021
Initial reports are a student was struck in the hand and the suspect fled the scene.
THIS IS NOT AN ACTIVE SHOOTER SITUATION
PIO en route. No other information at this time.#hounews pic.twitter.com/Odevqy2GO9
HISD police said the shooting happened around 10:25 a.m. after students were finished practicing for graduation. Authorities did not say whether the suspect was a student at the school.
The school was on lockdown until about 12:30 p.m.
Authorities said a maroon Chrysler was also involved in the shooting and more people who were involved are being sought as the investigation continues.
The initial shooting happened in a school parking lot and spilled out into the street where the student was hit.
A group of parents gathered outside the school following the shooting and expressed anger, saying they had not been given information in a timely manner.
HISD released the following statement regarding the incident:
“The HISD Police Department is investigating a shooting that took place this morning in the parking lot of North Forest High School. One individual was treated at the scene and released by paramedics. In addition, HISD Police will have an increased presence at North Forest HS and are working diligently to ensure that all involved are held accountable. HISD remains committed to vigilantly protecting students and staff at our schools. If you have any information about this incident, please contact the HISD Police Department immediately at 713-892-7777, or call 911.”