‘Put these guns down’: 4 students shot outside Westinghouse Academy in Homewood West

PITTSBURGH — Four students were shot outside of Westinghouse Academy in Pittsburgh’s Homewood West neighborhood.

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According to Pittsburgh police, three of the students were boys and one was a girl. Channel 11 learned that three of the victims were 15 and one was 17.

The students were shot outside of the school shortly after dismissal. They were taken back inside the building until medics arrived.

“We need a lot of change here in Homewood. Drastically,” said Yvette Luckey, who lives nearby. “Put these guns down. Pick up a book.”

Three were taken to the hospital by medics and one was taken by private means.

All four victims are in stable condition.

There are no suspects at this time, police said. It’s also too early in the investigation to tell if this was a targeted shooting or random.

Dr. Wayne Walters, superintendent of Pittsburgh Public Schools, released the following statement:

“Violent acts are becoming pervasive, and as a society, we all must act to create impact. My thoughts and prayers are with the students, staff and families at Pittsburgh Westinghouse and Pittsburgh Carrick.”

Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Gainey released the following statement regarding the shooting:

“Pittsburgh — please join me in praying for the victims and their families, and for the entire Westinghouse community today.”

“Westinghouse is a community filled with scholars and champions, and I want everyone to know and celebrate their accomplishments, and not just focus on the violence we saw today. It is on all of us to show these students that we love and care for them as they recover from this tragedy.”

“For too long gun manufacturers have been able to avoid any accountability for their role in our ongoing epidemic of gun violence. Earlier today I called to change the law that gives manufactures immunity from lawsuits so we can hold these manufacturers accountable for the innocent lives that have been harmed by their weapons.”

“Our city deserves to have a lasting peace, and that means we have to work to find ways to resolve our conflicts that don’t involve using guns and bullets. We can and must do better for our children and for our future.”

Westinghouse Academy will operate remotely Wednesday, Pittsburgh Public Schools spokesperson Ebony Pugh said.

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