Police arrest 2 after boy shot dead at Houston high school

Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Police in Texas said they have arrested two people, including the suspected gunman, after a teenage boy was shot dead Tuesday at a Houston high school.

The shooting happened around 4 p.m. at Bellaire High School, about 5 miles southwest of downtown Houston, the Bellaire Police Department said.


The 16-year-old boy died at the hospital, police said. He was not immediately identified.

Police said officers arrested the shooter and a second person connected to the case after a four-hour manhunt.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said the city was "shocked and heartbroken" by the violence.

"A learning environment is the last place where young people should feel unsafe and in fear of their lives," he said in a statement. "Yet, gun violence continues to disrupt and destroy families across this country."

Turner vowed to work with state and federal officials to enact gun safety laws.

Houston Independent School District Superintendent Grenita Lathan called the boy's death "a tragic loss."

"Our hearts go out to that student's family," she said, promising full cooperation with the authorities.

Classes at Bellaire High School were canceled for Wednesday. With about 3,400 students, it's the largest school in the Houston Independent District.


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