staff and news service reports
updated 10/16/2008 7:32:31 PM ET 2008-10-16T23:32:31

A retaliation shooting outside of a Detroit high school Thursday left one student dead and three others injured, police said.

Three boys and a girl, who was only 5 or 6 years old, were shot while walking home near Henry Ford High School on the city's northwest side, police said.

Detroit Police Chief James Barren told WDIV, an NBC News affiliate in Detroit, that the shooting was in retaliation to an incident that happened earlier in the day.

Barren said a gunman, using a high-powered rifle, drove by as the students were walking and fired shots.

A witness told WDIV that he heard at least 12 or 13 gunshots and then he saw one boy was shot in the eye. The injured boy ran up onto his front porch, the witness told the NBC affiliate.

"To see your friends getting their heads shot off like that … it's horrible," said Tierra McKelley, a student.

All of the children were transported to a local hospital, where their conditions were unknown.

Check back later for more details on this developing story.

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