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Student fatally shot at Baltimore high school

- — Jasmine Hilton

A student was fatally shot at Mergenthal­er Vocational Technical High School by another high-schooler in Baltimore on Friday afternoon, police said.

The shooting occurred as students were leaving the school through the parking lot during dismissal, Baltimore Police Commission­er Michael Harrison said at a news conference.

Harrison said the student of the vocational school, known as Mervo High, was approached in the schoolyard by a student from another school and the two had a “heated” encounter. The student from the other high school took out a gun during the encounter and then fired “multiple times at our victim,” Harrison said.

The victim was taken to a hospital and died at about 3:26 p.m., Harrison said. No one else was injured in the shooting, Harrison said.

Baltimore City Public Schools police officers were outside in the yard during the shooting and chased after the student who fled down the street, Harrison said. Police arrested the student nearby and recovered a gun, which they believe was used in the shooting, he said.

Harrison said police would not be naming the school the student attends or either students’ names Friday. Harrison said police are still investigat­ing how and why the conflict started.

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