Search for suspects continues after student dies in shooting outside Oliver Citywide Academy – CBS Pittsburgh

By: KDKA-TV News Staff

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The search for suspects responsible for the shooting death of a 15-year-old student outside a Pittsburgh school continues into a second day.

It comes after the student was shot dead outside Oliver Citywide Academy on the North Side on Wednesday.

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Reports said two suspects walked towards a school van during the firing and opened fire, a Pittsburgh Public Schools spokesperson said.

The 15-year-old student, later identified as Marquis Campbell, was shot in the chest, police said. He was taken to hospital in critical condition where police said he died.

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All students were brought inside the building and the school was closed as a precaution, Pittsburgh Public Schools said. Police said the students inside were not in danger. The school reopened around 3:20 p.m. and began dismissing students before 4 p.m.

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It’s unclear what the relationship between the two suspects and Campbell is, police said, but it is believed he was targeted. Investigators say Campbell and the driver were the only ones inside the van. The bus driver was upset but unharmed and was cooperating with police, investigators said.

KDKA’s Jessica Guay spoke to Campbell’s family, who were upset some of them weren’t allowed inside Allegheny General Hospital to say goodbye because of COVID-19 protocols .

The police are looking for the two suspects. The couple are considered armed and dangerous, but the only description police could provide was that they wore masks and dark clothing and appeared younger.

“It’s obviously, for us, a tragedy every time someone is shot, but having a teenager in front of a school is something we don’t accept. We’re going to do everything we can with our investigative resources, all the tools we have to try to locate those involved and take them into custody,” said Pittsburgh Police Chief Scott Schubert.

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Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Gainey said he told police to commit all their resources to finding the killers and bringing justice to the “heinous and criminal act”.

A teacher told Pittsburgh Public Schools Acting Superintendent Wayne Walters that Campbell had been a student at Oliver Citywide Academy since third grade and loved the school.

“His smile was contagious and lit up a room. His sense of humor was infectious and the staff member said the staff were inconsolable at the moment because he loved him so much,” Walters said.

Walters said there will be support for students and school staff.

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“As a former manager, I know that the possibility of an incident like today is what keeps us awake at night. This is not a place to rest, it is not a place of peace,” he said.

Due to the shooting, the school will be learning remotely until Monday, a spokesperson said. “Our thoughts are with the student injured in today’s incident and his family,” a statement read.

There was a heavy police presence outside the school before investigators began clearing the scene when the school reopened.

One person was initially arrested, but police say that person was unrelated to the shooting and have been released. Investigators know which direction the suspects ran after the shooting and are now looking at video footage.

“It can’t go unnoticed that we can’t lose sight of the main effect of what happened and that we need to make sure the funding goes to what really helps the families who have gone through this trauma,” said Councilman Bobby Wilson.

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Brighton Road closed to traffic between Marshall and California, Pittsburgh Public Safety said. It has since reopened.

Pittsburgh police and Allegheny County sheriff’s deputies are at the scene, as are K-9 police units, KDKA-TV’s Chris Hoffman reported from the scene.

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Pittsburgh Oliver Citywide Academy is a “full-time special education center serving students in grades 3 through 12,” according to the district’s website. It is described as “a highly structured school with a school-wide behavior management system to support positive behavior support plans for each student.”

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