By Brenda Waters

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NORTH BRADDOCK (KDKA) – A teenager was critically injured in an early Friday morning shooting in North Braddock.

According to police, the incident happened shortly after 6 a.m. near the intersection of Jones and Kirkpatrick avenues.

“There, they found a 17-year-old male suffering from a single gunshot wound. He was transported to a local trauma hospital, where he is listed in critical condition,” Allegheny County Police Lt. Andrew Schurman said.

The student, who has been identified as 11th grader Kwame Wolford, was shot in the stomach.

Police say the victim is expected to survive.

About 15 minutes before the shooting, police say someone walking along Walnut Street was robbed at gunpoint.

Police believe the victim from the shooting was not involved with the robbery, but they do believe the suspect may be the same in both incidents.

The suspect is described as a black male wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with a white bandana covering the lower half of his face.

This is the third shooting involving a student in the Woodland Hills School District in the past week.

On Monday, 16-year-old Jerame Turner, a junior, was shot several times in Turtle Creek. He died at Forbes Regional Hospital.

On Saturday, Augustus Gray, 14, of Braddock, was shot in the middle of the street in Lincoln-Lemington. He died at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital. Gray was an eighth grade student in the Woodland Hills School District.

“Beyond anything I’ve ever experienced before, something that no school should even have to deal with, but we are,” Woodland Hills Superintendent Alan Johnson said.

“I think the biggest thing for us is the amount of trauma that is affecting the entire district and the entire Woodland Hills community,” Woodland Hills Assistant Superintendent Licia Lentz said.

Mike Manko, the the communications director and chief spokesperson for the District Attorney’s office, says there is no indication that Woodland Hills students are being targeted, and the shootings do not appear to be connected.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Allegheny County Police at 1-833-255-8477.

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