16-year-old arrested in Hinkley High School shooting that wounded 3

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AURORA, Colo. (KDVR) – Update, Nov. 20, 8:15 a.m.: Aurora police tell FOX31 the teen arrested in the Friday shooting at Hinkley High School was not one of the people who was shot and injured.

Update, Nov. 19, 10:22 p.m.: A 16-year-old male has been arrested on attempted murder in the Friday shooting at Hinkley High School, according to the Aurora Police Department.

Police said his name will not be released and detectives are working to identify and arrest “the other involved suspects.”

The investigation is ongoing, police said.

Earlier on Friday, Aurora Police Chief Vanessa Wilson said one of the three students wounded in the shooting was a suspect. It was unclear whether that person is the person who was arrested.

Original: Aurora police said three juveniles were shot and injured Friday in the parking lot of Hinkley High School following a fight that escalated to gun violence.

Two were students at Hinkley and one was a student at APS Avenues. Police said one of the three was a suspect in the shooting.

“I need the public’s help. There was a fight that started in this parking lot and then it went to a shooting,” Aurora Police Chief Vanessa Wilson said in a press conference.

Wilson said a school security officer “heroically” returned fire and then applied a tourniquet to one of the students.

“I do want to applaud his actions,” she said.

The investigation is still ongoing, but Wilson said she believes one of the people who was shot is a suspect and the other two are victims.

Additionally, police have possession of a white pickup truck that was believed to be involved in the shooting.

Wilson would not say how many suspects there are but did say there were multiple people firing shots.

At this time it is unknown if this shooting is connected to a shooting at Nome Park earlier this week, where six teens were shot during a drive-by shooting, but Nome Park is about 12 minutes driving from Hinkley High School.

“We were all shaken by what happened on Monday,” Wilson told reporters. “And then, as we’re driving to a peace march, we have another one. So, I’m very frustrated.”

The shooting at Hinkley prompted East Middle School just west of the high school to be placed on secure perimeter. That was later lifted.

Officials react to shooting

Aurora City Manager Jim Twombly called the two shootings this week near schools “heartbreaking” in a statement Friday afternoon. He also talked about efforts the city needs to make to reduce incidents like this moving forward:

“This week’s violence near our schools is heartbreaking, and I cannot begin to imagine the pain and anguish experienced by the victims and their families. In addition, teachers and students at our schools are impacted by this outbreak of violence.  Our community is still reeling from the shooting of six teenagers on Monday, and we find ourselves facing yet another senseless act of violence. It is the responsibility of all community members and stakeholders to invest in the safety of our youth. We must commit our time and resources to the city’s Youth Violence Prevention Program and our public safety partners to identify ways for increased involvement and better solutions. We will work collaboratively with our community partners to identify solutions and rally the support of our residents.”

Aurora City Manager Jim Twombly

District Attorney John Kellner echoed Twombly’s call to end juvenile violence:

“This is the second shooting in Aurora this week that has impacted students’ ability to feel safe at school. No child or teenager should be fearful just going to class – a normal activity we can all relate to. Our community rightly is demanding an end to this violence, and we will stand with them in using every tool we have to prosecute aggressively anyone connected to these attacks on students.”

District Attorney John Kellner

Superintendent Rico Munn released a letter to the Aurora Public Schools community, encouraging parents to talk with their children over Thanksgiving break. He said the district will provide added security and mental health support at schools as needed.

“To our students, I want you to know that every day you are in our schools, you
are surrounded by a team who loves you and who will work relentlessly to
provide you with a safe and healthy learning environment. Please reach out
when you need help or a trusted adult to turn to. …

“To our parents, we know you are our partners and we need your support to make our community safe for our kids. Over the Thanksgiving break, please talk with your children. … Violence is never the answer. We need to talk, listen and find understanding with others even when we disagree.

“To our Aurora community, we ask that you work to make every part of our
community a safe haven for kids. We want every part of Aurora to be a place
where kids feel safe, find opportunity and see role models for how to become
healthy, successful and engaged members of our diverse world. We need each
and every one of you to answer this call.”

Aurora Public Schools Superintendent Rico Munn

Read the full letter here.

Resources available for students, parents

Munn said counselors are available 24 hours a day through Colorado Crisis Services at 1-844-493-8255.

Munn also pointed to an online resource from the National Association of School Psychologists to help parents and guardians talk to their children about acts of violence.

Reward offered for information

Anyone with information about this shooting, Monday’s shooting, or any other violence is asked to contact Metro Denver Crime Stoppers.

Tips can remain anonymous and can be reported online or by calling 720-913-7867 (STOP).

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