ERIE, Pa. (Erie News Now) – Police are investigating a shooting at Erie High School that injured one person Tuesday morning.
Officers were called for a shooting victim just before 9:30 a.m. One person was shot, is in good condition and has been taken to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries, according to Erie Police.
The shooting suspect is not in custody, school officials told Erie News Now around 10:40 a.m. Police said they could not comment on the suspect or say if that person was in custody.
Police also could not provide any additional details on where the victim suffered gunshot wounds or the weapon used.
The building was on lockdown until students were dismissed. The process started just after 10 a.m. Parents are being asked to report to the back parking lot to be directed to the dismissal area. Buses are also on site to take students home.
Police and the school district are asking the public to avoid the area at this time.
We also learned no metal detectors are being used for security at the school.
A student who was getting help from a teacher with an assignment told Erie News Now he heard eight gunshots.
City of Erie Mayor Joe Schember also released a statement on shooting:
“The shooting at East High School this morning is very saddening. Schools should be safe places where children learn and grow. I am receiving great updates from Superintendent Brian Polito and Police Chief Dan Spizarny. I know this is difficult for parents to hear. But remember: all students are now safe! We must all stay away from the area until Erie’s Public Schools announces a dismissal process. My thoughts and prayers are with the students, teachers, administrators, and all the Police Officers who have secured the building. What they all need right now is our love and support.”