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LANSING, Mich. (Lansing State Journal) -- Three Sexton High School students were shot today in a neighborhood near the high school, according to a district spokesman.
All three were taken to Sparrow Hospital with injuries, said Lansing police Public Information Officer Robert Merritt. Officials at a press conference this afternoon said the injuries to the three students are not life-threatening, and said the students are ages 14, 15 and 17.
The students were new to the school this year, said Bob Kolt, a spokesman for Lansing schools. Witnesses said two boys and one girl were shot.
Police said this afternoon that a fourth teenager, age 15, showed up at local hospital, but that it was too early to confirm whether that victim was connected to the same shooting.
Police responded at about 2:50 p.m. to the area near Ottawa and Spencer streets, more than a block northeast of Sexton High School. Witnesses heard multiple gunshots. A large group of teenagers was walking through the area at the time of the shooting, and witnesses said there appeared to be an altercation before the gunshots.
Interim Chief Mike Yankowski that police believe a group of students decided to go to a certain area "to settle some kind of argument" just prior to the shooting. He described it as an ambush scenario.
Yankowski said police are pursuing leads but have no suspects in custody.
Antionette Short, a nurse, heard the shots from her house a block away. She waited until they stopped, then ran in the direction of the victims. Short met the sister of the female victim running the other direction screaming for someone to call 911.
The girl was on the lawn of a house on Forbes Street, "laying on the ground on her stomach," Short said. "She had two gunshots from what I could see. They were just graze wounds. I didn't see any indication that they were actually in her body or went through."
Short held a T-shirt on the girl's wounds until police arrived. Then, she tried to help one of boys, who had been shot in the right hand.
"He wouldn't let me see it," she said.
Short didn't see the third victim until emergency responders were putting him on a stretcher. "He was bleeding a lot more than the other two," she said.
"I've felt so safe in this neighborhood," Short said. "I can't believe these kids are shooting at each other."
Sexton High School was placed on lockdown for a short time, Kolt said.
Sexton will hold classes Wednesday, counselors will be available for anyone who wants them and additional public safety personnel will be working with Lansing police to secure the area around the school, officials said at an afternoon news conference.
Ottawa Street between Forbes and Spencer streets has been taped off by police. Mayor Virg Bernero, Interim Police Chief Mike Yankowski and Lansing school district officials are at the scene.
Merritt said the shooting is not believed to be a random act.
Lansing State Journal