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North Forest High School Put On Lockdown After Student Shot In The Hand, HISD Says

The shooting happened about 10:30 a.m. at the school located at 10726 Mesa Drive. Police said the shooter fled the scene.

Houston Police say a student at North Forest High School in Houston was shot in the hand on June 9, 2021.

Updated 12:13 p.m. CT

Houston ISD’s North Forest High School was on lockdown after a student was shot in the hand Wednesday morning, the district’s police department said.

The shooting happened about 10:30 a.m. at the school located at 10726 Mesa Drive, where witnesses say the driver of a grey truck and the driver of a maroon Chrysler opened fire on one another in the school parking lot, according to HISD Police Chief Pete Lopez.

The shooting then spilled out into the street, where the two drivers continued to open fire, Lopez said. The student, who had just been released from commencement practice at the school, was grazed on the right hand in the crossfire on the north side of campus, the chief said.

He was treated at the scene and released without being taken to the hospital, according to Lopez.

The vehicles then fled the scene, Lopez said. Police say they later detained one person — an 18-year-old — who was inside the truck at another location.

It was not immediately clear if the teen was a student at the school.

The truck was found with bullet holes on the side panel, and police found shell casings on the ground near the southwest corner of the school campus, Lopez said.

The driver of the maroon Chrysler is still at large, the chief said.

HISD officials declined to coment further.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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