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Suspect in Pennsylvania high school shooting turns himself in to police

Detectives said they believe the potential gunman was a minor under the age of 15 and withheld his name from the public.
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A suspect turned himself in to police Wednesday, a day after he is alleged to have shot a student on campus at Erie High School in Pennsylvania, police announced.

"Earlier today, the suspect in yesterday’s school shooting turned himself in to the Erie Police Department. The investigation is on-going. We would like to thank everyone for their support in yesterday’s events," police said Wednesday on Twitter.

The suspect was not publicly identified, and it did not appear that charges had been filed based on the update released by Erie police. Detectives said Tuesday that they believed the potential gunman was a minor under the age of 15 and withheld his name from the public.

One student in the shooting who was hospitalized with non-life-threatening wounds was stable, Deputy Police Chief Michael Nolan said. The shooter and the victim appeared to have known each other, and authorities believe the shooting to have been an isolated incident, they said.

Erie County District Attorney Elizabeth Hirz indicated after the shooting that the suspect would be prosecuted as a juvenile if charged.

The district attorney's office did not immediately respond to a request for information Wednesday.

Detectives believe the suspect used a 9mm handgun in the shooting, which occurred in a school hallway at about 9:22 a.m., while other students were in the vicinity, Nolan said. It is unclear how he is believed to have obtained the gun.

Erie High School is closed through the end of the week, and students will be off for spring break next week.