17-year-old shot near Ballou High School in DC

WASHINGTON — A 17-year-old boy was shot Thursday afternoon near the D.C. school he attends, and the shooting suspects are at large.

Around 3:45 p.m., a 17-year-old boy was shot in the 3200 block of 4th Street in Southeast — a few blocks away from Ballou High School, 3401 4th St. SE, where he is a student. D.C. Public School said the shooting was not on school property.

The victim was engaged in some type of argument that “ultimately resulted in the shooting,” said D.C. police Assistant Chief Robert Contee. He said that while police are still in the early phases of the investigation, they don’t believe it was a drive-by shooing.

Emergency crews transported the boy to the hospital. He was unconscious and breathing and is in critical condition.

Police are searching for two black men in a black Toyota Corolla, and are looking for any details about the shooting.

“This happened at 3:45 — we know that people were definitely on the street, walking on the street, driving by in buses, that may have seen this dark vehicle that may have been leaving at a high rate of speed,” said D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser during a Thursday evening news conference.

Police ask anyone with details about the shooting to contact them at 202-727-9099.

Bowser said this shooting, like many others, is worrisome.

“We are concerned about any level of violent crime, and certainly we expect our children to go to school and be able to get home from school safely.”

Below is a map with the location of the shooting:

WTOP’s Lisa Weiner contributed to this report.

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