A person of interest is in custody, police said.
The two boys were gunned down just outside Hammond Central High School after being released for the day, Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. told I-Team.
The mayor said he was there and saw the two injured boys.
A teacher who spoke to ABC7 said she heard that two students were involved in some sort of altercation.
“The panic is that all the students hear it, knowing that something is going on, that someone has a gun and that the scuffles running down the hall and so on,” Angela Herrera said. , a teacher at Hammond Central High School. “The trauma would be seeing blood on the floor and knowing it was from a shooting. But they are strong and persistent and want to learn.”
Hammond Police responded to a call for shots fired in Block 5900 of Calument Avenue just before 2:30 p.m., officials said. Upon arrival, they found two students with gunshot wounds.
The teenagers were taken to a nearby hospital in stable condition. One was shot in the leg and the other in the arm, according to the mayor.
Their injuries are not life threatening, McDermott said
The mayor also said “they are optimistic” they will get the shooter.
Police said only three students were involved in the incident – the two injured teenagers and the gunman.
Due to the age of the person of interest, police are not identifying who they are at this time.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Hammond Police Department at (219) 852-2989.
This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.
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