16-year-old student shot near 2 schools in Chester

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A shooting this afternoon forced two schools into lockdown, and a 16-year-old was taken to the hospital with a bullet in his thigh. (WPVI)

Two schools were briefly locked down Wednesday afternoon following a shooting in the neighborhood nearby.

It was around 1:45 p.m. Wednesday when gunfire rang out in the area of 10th and Concord Streets.

Officials say a 16-year-old student at Chester High School left school early and went to an alley where he got into some kind of an argument with others in a group that convened behind the rowhomes.

He ended up with a gunshot wound to the back of a thigh.

Chester Police Commissioner Joseph Bail says "One of our officers actually heard the shots and calls come in for shots fired in the area."

Chester High School and a nearby STEM school were placed under lockdown as a precaution.

Chester Mayor John Linder tells us, "That's part of our alert system. We're not gonna take any chances. It's a time when we do have someone injured - we don't want more."

Commissioner Bail explains, "A short time later, we were given info of a victim up in the Chester High recreation field, which is about 2-2 1/2 blocks up the street."

The victim was transported to Crozier-Chester Hospital where he was treated and released.

Police say he is not cooperating with their investigation.

Bail says, "We have a couple leads right now. We have no info from the victim. We have witnesses that are being interviewed at this time."

The lockdown at both schools was lifted in time for dismissal.

No arrests have been made at this hour.
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