COLORADO SPRINGS — Two young people are recovering tonight after being shot near Mitchell High School Friday afternoon. The teenage boys are students at the school. The shooting took place at around 3:00 p.m. in a business district near South Academy Boulevard and East San Miguel Street.
Lt. Patrick David, head of the police department's School Resource Officer Unit, told reporters that the two victims walked back to the school to report the shooting. The school nurse then gave the students medical attention as they waited for paramedics to arrive to take them to the hospital.
"I think the school did a great job, the nurse there did a great job of rendering aid to the students," Lt. David said. "My SRO's (School Resource Officers) and the other officers came in and did a great job relaying information to make sure that students got out of there safely."
The students' injuries are described as non-life threatening. The Mitchell High campus was secured for about an hour as officers searched the area for the suspect.
"We checked the area extensively, we had K-9 units checking the area to make sure that the suspect was no longer in the area before we allowed students to be released from school," David said.
Preliminary information about the shooter is that he is male, perhaps in his late teens or early 20's. No other details about his description were provided. The police department's Major Crimes Unit is investigating.
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