RPD: Suspect chased student and fired shots outside Frankin High school, no one injured
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Rochester Police say someone chased a 16-year-old student and fired shots outside of Franklin High School on Norton Street on Thursday morning. No one was struck by the bullets.
Police found bullet casings near the entrance of the school. All Thursday morning, parents and relatives have been coming to take students out of school. Our crew saw police tape up and several police cars at the school. RPD says they talked to the 16-year-old who was targeted.
The teenager told them he was approached and threatened by at least one person a few blocks away. Then, the teen was chased to his school. Whoever chased him shot at the teenager as he got to the front door.
News10NBC’s Berkeley Brean spoke with RPD Lt. Greg Bello about the incident.
Brean: “Did the shots come from a car driving down Husdon? Was the shooter on school property close to the doors?”
Bello: “The shooter was on school property, yes. So we found evidence of shots fired up near the school.”
Brean: “So they followed the 16-year-old up to the school doors.
Bello: “They came across the lawn, yeah.”
News10NBC’s Berkeley Brean also spoke with parents. “Where’s your head at? there was just a shooting outside your daughter’s school?” Brean asked.
Tijuana Gibbs, mother of 12th grader: “I’m not taking no second chances. I just came and got her I’m not going to wait for it to happen a second time.”
Elena Cordero, aunt of student: “My concern is what happened. A bullet don’t have no name. retaliation is serious. Where’s the parents? what’s going on?”
The school was placed in a lockout, which has since been lifted. The district says there will be an increase in police presence at the school campus during dismissal on Thursday as well as during arrival and dismissal on Friday.
Classes are taking place as normal but all exterior doors have been secured and are being monitored.
Both RPD and RCSD Safety and Security are still investigating. They’re asking anyone with information at call 911. RSCD says the Student Support Services team is at the school to help students or staff who may need assistance.