EAST PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Police are looking for a gunman after a teenager was shot in East Pittsburgh Wednesday morning, prompting a lockdown in the Woodland Hills School District.
According to Allegheny County Police, officers and paramedics were called to the 500 block of Franklin Street around 6:20 a.m. Neighbors say they heard four gunshots.
At the scene, they found 16-year-old Sherron Ivory suffering from at least one gunshot wound. He was rushed to the hospital and is listed in critical condition. He is expected to survive his injuries.
Neighbors say the victim attended Woodland Hills High School and lived on Franklin Street. They say the suspect may have been waiting for him when he left his house to walk to the bus stop.
“My prayers go out to his family,” said neighbor Raymond Ross. “I hope he gets better, you know what I mean? I won’t wish it on nobody.”
“I heard a bunch of screaming and hollering and when I came back in my bedroom I saw all the lights, the cop cars all on the street and paramedics,” said neighbor Denise Flick.
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Witnesses told investigators at the scene that they saw a younger man running from the area around the time of the shooting.
Police say they don’t know yet if he was involved, but would like to speak with him. He’s described as young black male, about 6-feet tall with a thin build.
Allegheny County homicide detectives went door-to-door Wednesday morning looking for anyone who saw or heard the shooting.
A Woodland Hills School District official tells KDKA the junior/senior high school was put on lockdown for 15 minutes as police responded to the shooting scene. The lockdown has since been lifted.
Ivory is the fifth student shot in the Woodland Hills School District this school year. Three students died earlier in the year and a fourth was injured.
“Our children are either getting killed or getting severely injured due to gun violence,” said Woodland Hills Assistant Superintendent Licia Lentz. “Every time I hear an alert on my phone, my heart sinks because you never know what it’s going to be.”
Administrators said the district is working to get better partnerships within the community and resources for students and parents.
Crisis teams will be on standby Thursday in case students and staff want to talk to someone about this latest shooting.
Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call the Allegheny County Police Tipline at 1-833-ALL-TIPS.