Boys shot in school gun terror

Four boys leaving a charity basketball game were shot as gunmen opened fire outside their Maryland high school.

Four boys leaving a charity basketball game were shot as gunmen opened fire outside their Maryland high school.

Three pupils suffered non-life-threatening injuries in yesterday’s attack in Baltimore County, while the fourth was undergoing surgery, Baltimore County Police Chief Terrence Sheridan said. One pupil was released from hospital early today.

The motive for the attack was not immediately known, but Baltimore County Executive James Smith told WBAL-TV that it was a “street crime that happened on school grounds”.

Witnesses told police a car with about four people inside pulled up to Randallstown High School about 4.30pm local time and the driver and a passenger got out of the car. The driver shot four or five times, then handed the gun to the passenger, who also fired. The car – a black BMW with tinted windows – sped off.

An officer looking for the car was told by witnesses that three people had fled from a black BMW, Sheridan said. The officer captured a suspect.

The shooting occurred after the basketball game, which was organised by a state politician and attended by about 300 students. Police said the politician did not appear to be the target.

A security camera was pointed at the area of the shooting, but it was not working.

Anxious parents waited outside the school, blocked from entering by police tape.

A woman who answered the telephone at the school’s main office said school officials could not comment because ”clearly, they are trying to contact families”. She would not identify herself nor her position.

Randallstown High School has about 1,700 pupils and is in north-west Baltimore County, about 10 miles from Baltimore itself.

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