SAN ANTONIO -- Three high school students were shot and wounded Tuesday in what some young witnesses said was a gang-related confrontation on school grounds.
Three other students were arrested shortly after gunfire exploded at 11:55 a.m. on a patio behind Sam Houston High School on San Antonio's East Side during the school lunch hour.
Witnesses told police a group of students had gathered on the patio when shots were fired into the group.
'According to the wounded people, they are accusing the ones who did the shooting of being members of a gang,' said Victor Rodriguez, superintendent of the San Antonio Independent School District. 'We have not been able to ascertain that.'
San Antonio police spokeswoman Sandy Perez said, 'It is too early to tell' whether the shooting was gang-related, saying only that the shooting 'occurred due to an ongoing feud between several groups in the school.'
The wounded students all were listed in stable condition at San Antonio hospitals.
Hospitalized at Medical Center Hospital was Larry Johnson, 18, who was shot in the leg and thigh, and John Campbell, 17, who was shot in the foot.
A 16-year-old boy, whose name had not been released, was hospitalized at Wilford Hall Air Force Medical Center with a gunshot wound to the chest.
Police said they recovered a large-caliber pistol.
Kenneth Wolford, 18, was jailed on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, police said. Two other male students, ages 15 and 16, were expected to face identical charges in juvenile court, officers said.
Rodriguez said no serious incidents of violence at the school had occurred previously, although he added that a cache of weapons was found inside a school locker last week and security was increased at the school as a result.