PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The shooting near Brashear High School yesterday shook the entire community.

School staff, students, parents and police were on high alert until the alleged shooter was taken into custody.

According to police, this was a targeted attack and it stemmed from an incident at the school last month.

KDKA’s Lynne Hayes-Freeland Reports:

Today, Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent Linda Lane talked about how tight security will be at Brashear High School this week.

Among the caravan of school buses, Pittsburgh Police also made their way to Brashear High School to assist with the arrival and dismissal of students for the rest of the week.

“It’s scary because I’m walking down here and he could have thought I was with them and shot at me,” Matt McShane said.

KDKA’s Lynne Hayes-Freeland Reports:

Lane spent the morning meeting with staff, some whom stayed at the school until 6 p.m. Wednesday. She said they practice drills, and yesterday passed the real test.

“The reason I came was to thank the staff for the phenomenal job they did yesterday,” Lane said. “They reached out, got kids back in the school, got the school locked down, notified the other school they needed to.”

Another student, 16-year-old Anjohnito Willett Jr. was charged in the shooting, which police believe was retaliation. Willett was allegedly assaulted and robbed in October inside the school. Police said it was drug-related.

“It’s just ridiculous. You can’t even go to school and be safe. You have to worry about getting shot or beat up or anything. I’m just trying to get out of here,” McShane said.

Lane said teachers have been advised to be open to students and not ignore what happened.

“We asked the staff to be honest that something happened, not to pretend like we can just gloss it over and not even talk about it because the kids will need to talk,” Lane said.

KDKA’s Heather Abraham Reports:

Willet was arraigned Thursday morning and charged as an adult with four counts of attempted homicide, aggravated assault and reckless endangerment of another person.

According to police documents, Willet – who is still technically a student at Brashear – told a friend he had to go to the school to walk a boy home. As the pair got closer, Willet said it was no longer needed. The witness went in another direction and told police minutes later they heard several loud gunshots.


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