Sources identified the victim as Kayla Le. Police said Le was not the intended target, but that she was struck in the right shoulder as she was walking along the 1600 block of West Olney Avenue around 8:15 a.m.
Police Real-time crime camera right across the street from shooting. Likely captured all or part of the crime. pic.twitter.com/hlc0CBnNVN— Jeannette Reyes (@6abcJeannette) September 24, 2018
Police said Le went inside the school after being shot. She was rushed into the school's nurse office until an ambulance arrived, and was then taken to Einstein Medical Center in stable condition.
"It's a horrible thing that a student can't even walk to school without sustaining a gunshot wound," said Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross. "It's one of your worst nightmares."
Central High School, Girls High, and Widener Memorial School were placed on lockdown as police investigated. The lockdown was lifted shortly after 9 a.m.
"A letter will go home to parents today describing what happened. A robocall is being sent out right now," said Lee Whack, spokesperson for School District of Philadelphia.
Police said they believe there was a shootout between two gunman and the student was caught in the crossfire. No weapons were recovered and no arrests have been made.
"Right now we don't have a lot of direction. We are hopeful that there will be someone that will come forward that will have additional information that will send us in the right direction," Ross said.
Police say a real time crime camera may have captured part of the shooting, but they are still surveying other businesses for surveillance cameras.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police.
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