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Police have arrested a teenager who allegedly shot a student at a Louisville, Kentucky, high school Tuesday, triggering a lockdown. The victim is expected to survive, police said.
The shooting took place at 1 p.m. at Fern Creek Traditional High School. Louisville Metro Police Department said the 16-year-old suspect fled immediately after shooting his 15-year-old victim, but was arrested at around 4 p.m. in an apartment complex within walking distance of the school, and a weapon was recovered.
Police said the suspect is charged with assault, wanton endangerment, unlawful possession of a weapon on school property, tampering with evidence and carrying a concealed deadly weapon. Authorities did not release the suspect’s name, and did not say why he allegedly shot the victim.
Fern Creek High School and a nearby elementary school were both placed on lockdown as police hunted for the suspect, and parents of Fern Creek students were notified to come pick up their children, NBC affiliate WAVE reported. Police escorted Fern Creek students out of the building, in a single file with their hands on their heads, at 2 p.m., an hour after the shooting, the station reported.
The victim, whose name also was not released, was in stable condition at University Hospital Tuesday night, police said.