HOUSTON – A teenager and two others have been arrested and charged after police said one of them fired at officers and was shot, while another ran inside a Houston Independent School District campus, prompting a lockdown Thursday afternoon.
John Nsenguwera, 18, was charged with aggravated assault of a peace officer; Mohamed Rasheed Robinson, 17, was charged with robbery by threats; a Wisdom High School student, Mahamoudou Sylla, 18, was charged with robbery by threat, according to the Houston Police Department.
Houston Police Chief Troy Finner said officers were watching a group of “violent” individuals in the 6400 block of Westheimer around 11:45 a.m.
While officers were watching the individuals, some type of altercation erupted and Nsenguwera allegedly fired a shot at an officer, prompting the officer to shoot back. Nsenguwera was shot in the knee and the officer was not injured.
Police said Robinson was arrested at the scene.
The third suspect, Sylla, ran away from the scene and hitchhiked a ride from an innocent driver. Police said the driver thought they were giving a teen in need a ride to school but was unaware they were helping a suspect.
The driver then dropped the teen off at Wisdom High School, located at 6529 Beverly Hill Street. Police said Sylla entered the school’s auditorium, which had about 100 students inside at the time.
Police were alerted that Sylla was inside the school and immediately contacted the district.
Wisdom High School was placed on lockdown and Sylla was eventually arrested, police said. A gun was also found near the suspect as he was taken into custody.
No students and staff members were injured during the incident.
Wisdom High School sent the following statement to parents regarding the incident:
“This is an important message for Wisdom High School parents and students. Today, February 2, 2022, our school was temporarily placed on lockdown after an unauthorized individual trespassed on campus. HISD police were immediately notified and investigated and the suspect was taken into custody. Students will be dismissed at 4:10 p.m. Walkers will be released by the neighborhood and bus riders will take their bus home. Counselors and social-emotional support staff will be on site for students today and will be back on site tomorrow. As always, the safety of our students and staff is our top priority. We appreciate your patience and support.”
Update! Wisdom High School has entered a lockdown after an unauthorized individual trespassed on campus. HISD police and HPD are on site and has taken suspect into custody. Students and staff are safe. Please standby for additional updates. pic.twitter.com/YdTbxq54eB— Houston ISD (@HoustonISD) February 2, 2023