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Police search for third suspect after shot fired at Toronto high school

In Canada on September 30, 2010 at 23:45

Police search for third suspect after shot fired at Toronto high school

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Students leave Central Technical School, after a lockdown was called off on Sep. 30, 2010.

  September 30, 2010 – 2:09 pm

By Johnna Ruocco, Mary Vallis and Kenyon Wallace

Police are questioning a third individual after at least one shot was reportedly fired in the stairwell of a downtown high school.

Central Technical School, just south of Bloor Street, along Harbord Avenue at Bathurst Street, went into lockdown shortly after 1 p.m., while two other schools in the area, Harbord Collegiate Institute and King Edward Public School, were put into secure mode.

There were no reports of injuries. Students were let out around 5 p.m. when police lifted the lockdown.

“When I got inside, the principal announced there was a lockdown, and then the cops came in and kicked us out,” said Brittney Correia, 17.

Police say three people ran from the scene and three people of interest are now in custody. It’s unclear whether the third person wanted was inside or outside of the school, said Const. Tony Vella of Toronto Police. Investigators have also recovered one shell casing.

Principal Sheryl Freeman said the school was getting ready for its Terry Fox Run at the time of the alleged shooting, with students in the hallways, library and sports field.

She said hall monitors, along with the school’s 142 staff members, ushered students into the gym and library when police arrived.

“I’m very proud of how the students handled this,” she told reporters gathered outside the school Thursday afternoon.

She added that the lockdown has prevented students from accessing their lockers — many containing wallets and transit fare — so homework for the day has been cancelled. Students who rely on the TTC to get home were also allowed to board free of charge at Bathurst station.

When asked how she felt about a potential shooting happening at her school, she replied: “What are you going to do? It could happen anywhere.”

“This is not a comment on my students.”

Student Jayme Brock, 15, said he had just come back from lunch when hall monitors started ushering students into the library.

“We thought it was a joke,” he said. “At first, we were laughing because I thought it wasn’t real. Then I found out it was and I felt a bit scared.”

He said students started emailing and calling their friends and parents using cell phones to make sure everyone was safe.

“We had to go to the bathroom but we weren’t allowed to go,” he added.

Another student, Alejandra Granada, 15, said the experience was “intense” but wouldn’t affect her opinion of the school.

Police are examining surveillance footage recorded by the school’s security cameras.

The shooting’s motivation is unclear.

Students will be reunited with their parents at Randolph Community Centre once they are released from lockdown.

There are traffic disruptions on several streets in the neighbourhood of the school.

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A unit of Toronto Police Emergency Task Force officers arrive at Central Technical School on Sep. 30, 2010.

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Police officers standby during a lockdown of Central Technical School on Sep. 30, 2010.

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Students leave Central Technical School, after a lockdown was called off on Sep. 30, 2010.

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