Indiana high school student shot dead at bus stop, fugitive suspect
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Indiana authorities are looking for a suspect in the fatal targeted shooting of a 16-year-old high school student at a bus stop Thursday, as schools in the area were placed under lockdown orders.
A 16-year-old student from Whiteland Community High School was fatally shot around 7 a.m. Thursday at a bus stop at the corner of Providence Drive and Winterwood Drive in the Summerfield Housing addition in Greenwood, Indiana, authorities said.
The Greenwood Police Department said the investigation is ongoing, but authorities believe the shooting was an isolated incident and the homicide victim was “specifically targeted.”
So far, authorities have not further identified the suspect or clarified whether he was a student.
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Greenwood Deputy Police Chief Matt Fillenwarth told WTHR that the teenager, a high school sophomore recently transferred to the school district, was shot multiple times.
Witnesses said the victim was standing still with several other students when the suspect approached him. Other students had already started running when the suspect opened fire.
Johnson County Sheriff Duane Burgess told WTHR that multiple agencies responded to the search effort, which involves an Indiana State Police helicopter and an ATF K-9 officer.
The suspect, last seen wearing a dark hoodie, was reportedly running through a cornfield west of US 31, FOX 59 reported.
Greenwood Community Schools has placed schools on lockdown as a precaution, a spokesperson said.
Greenwood Community High School, according to updates shared on its social media accounts, initially placed the school on lockdown “due to an incident in the community, but not on the school campus.”
The lockdown was later moved to a “lockdown situation”, which meant exterior doors had to remain locked and students could not leave rooms without administrative permission or an escort. About an hour later, the high school said it was in a “Level 2 lockdown”, meaning students would follow bell schedules and move between classes, but would still need a administrative authorization or an escort to leave the building.
Greenwood Middle School and Greenwood Christian Academy have also been placed under lockdown orders.
“This is a sad day for the Clark-Pleasant school community. It is with heavy hearts that we report that one of our high school students passed away after being shot near his bus stop earlier this morning. , near US 31 and Worthsville Road,” Clark Pleasant Schools Superintendent Dr. Patrick Spray said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends, as well as his classmates and teachers at Whiteland Community High School.”
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“Greenwood Police are handling the investigation, interviewing witnesses and searching for the suspect near the scene. The Clark-Pleasant Police Department is securing all of our school buildings today and additional officers have been brought in to assist,” said continued Spray. “Clark-Pleasant Community School Corporation will bring in additional mental health/grievance counselors to help students deal with this tragic incident as needed. We will have more information on the investigation as we learn more. we’ll have them.”