Woodland Hills student shot near bus stop in North Braddock

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NORTH BRADDOCK, Pa. - Allegheny County police are investigating a shooting that left a 17-year-old Woodland Hills student in critical condition. 

The shooting happened after 6 a.m. Friday at the intersection of Jones and Kirkpatrick avenues in North Braddock. Investigators said the shooting took place near the victim's bus stop. 

He was shot once in the abdomen, police said.

Police said an armed street robbery took place on Walnut Street approximately 15 minutes before the shooting. Investigators believe the shooting victim was not involved in the robbery, but the same suspect may be responsible for both incidents.


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A spokesperson for the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office said that the shooting victim was in possession of a handgun when he was shot.

The Woodland Hills School District superintendent told Channel 11 the victim is a junior at Woodland Hills High School. Sources told Channel 11 his name is Kwame Wolford.

Counselors have been at Woodland Hills High School since Monday. This is the third student from the school to be shot this week.

Investigators said 16-year-old Jerame Turner, also a junior at Woodland Hills High School, was shot and killed in Turtle Creek on Monday night. A 13-year-old was also shot and is expected to survive.  

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There was supposed to be a vigil Friday night for Turner, who was a Woodland Hills football player, but it was canceled.

Investigators said Woodland Hills student Augustus Gray, 14, was killed after being shot in Pittsburgh's Lincoln-Lemington-Belmar neighborhood Nov. 25.

No arrests have been made in any of the shootings. 

District leaders told Channel 11 they may bring in more counselors and certain community groups to help students process the violence.

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Officials with the District Attorney's Office also said there's no indication that students from the Woodland Hills School District are being targeted, and that the shootings are not gang related.

But a community full of parents wants to know why more isn't being done.

The had strong words Friday night for the district attorney, saying not enough has been done to solve these killings and shootings.

 "Our district attorney has not worked to solve these cases. There (are) so many unsolved cases,"
 said Borough Council President Tina Doose.  "I am heartbroken by the situation," she said.

Doose currently has four children attending school in the district.  

"I have adult children that have graduated from Woodland Hills and I know that it is tough for many of the families there but I think we are forced and must do more," Doose said. "Parents need to know where their children are. They need to say what's wrong and if they need help, cry out for it until you get it."

Visitation for Jerame Turner, the 16-year-old shot and killed in Turtle Creek, will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Patrick T. Lanigan Funeral Home.


 

 

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