Boy Shot At City School

13-year-old Wounded In Ankle During Midnight Capture Of Four

April 15, 2009|By Brent Jones | Brent Jones,brent.jones@baltsun.com

A 13-year-old boy was shot in the ankle after a school police officer's gun discharged through the officer's pants leg early Tuesday morning while officers were checking an alarm inside a school complex, city police said.

School police and city police were responding to a triggered alarm about 12:15 a.m. at the Harlem Park complex, which houses three schools and a day care center in the 1500 block of Harlem Ave. in West Baltimore.

The officers spotted four juveniles in the building and apprehended them, according to a city schools spokeswoman. Officials said there was minor damage to the complex.

Police are not identifying the boy who was shot during the incident. He was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital, schools spokeswoman Edie House said. The other three suspects - two boys and a girl - were taken to the Department of Juvenile Services, House said. Schools officials are not releasing information on the other suspects.

The school officer, a 36-year veteran of the department, has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation by city police. A city police spokesman confirmed that the department was investigating the incident and referred all other questions to school police.

Harlem Park houses Baltimore Talent Development, Augusta Fells Savage Institute of Visual Arts and Harlem Park Elementary/Middle School.

In February, a student at Talent Development was stabbed in the left shoulder on a basketball court outside the school. His injuries were not life-threatening. Two boys enrolled at Augusta Fells Savage were taken into custody in that incident.

School officials have said that violence and suspensions have been down this year, although a student was stabbed to death in November at another West Baltimore school.

A 15-year-old boy was found outside William H. Lemmel Middle School with stab wounds to his upper body, the first killing on city school grounds during school hours since 2001. A 14-year-old boy has been charged with first-degree murder.

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