Police: Student shot in leg near Suitland High School

Police outside Suitland High school
Prince George’s County police respond to a shooting near Suitland High School. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)

DISTRICT HEIGHTS, Md. — A student was shot in the leg near Suitland High School, triggering a lockdown at the school on Friday, according to Prince George’s County police.

The student who was shot is expected to be OK, police said.

Prince George’s County police Lt. David Coleman said the shooting happened at around noon, after a group of students left school grounds in order to fight.

The students were outside an apartment complex behind the school when another student produced a gun and shot a student in the leg,  Coleman said.

Jennifer Donelan, a spokeswoman for Prince George’s County police, said multiple shots were fired. She said gunshots broke the window to school building that housed music and art classes. A bullet was lodged in the building’s ceiling, she said.

After the shooting, Coleman said, a group of students dragged the wounded student back to the school and waved down help.

The school was immediately placed on lockdown and searched as a precaution.

Mark Brady, spokesman for Prince George’s County Fire Department, said emergency responders took the student to the hospital. Police  described the student’s injuries as “non-life threatening.”

Coleman said no arrests have been made and that police were still looking for the suspected shooter.

A letter was sent to parents notifying of them of the shooting. Suitland High School principal Nate Newman said classes were canceled for the rest of the day.

WTOP’s Tiffany Arnold contributed to this report.

Mike Murillo

Mike Murillo is a reporter and anchor at WTOP. Before joining WTOP in 2013, he worked in radio in Orlando, New York City and Philadelphia.

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