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Two Dead in Calif. School Shooting

April 29, 1998

POMONA, Calif. (AP) _ Two teen-age boys were shot to death and a third was wounded as they played basketball at an elementary school hours after classes had ended.

Witnesses told authorities they heard shots and saw two men flee Tuesday afternoon at Philadelphia Elementary School, located in a working-class residential neighborhood 40 miles east of downtown Los Angeles.

No schoolchildren were at the school at the time of the shootings, and no other injuries were reported.

No arrests had been made by today but investigators believed they had ``some very positive leads,″ Sgt. Paul Hitt said.

The names and exact ages of the victims were not immediately available. The third boy was released after being treated at a hospital for a leg wound, Hitt said.

The shootings come amid growing concern about violence at schools.

Four other school-related shootings since October _ in Edinboro, Pa., Jonesboro, Ark., West Paducah, Ky., and Pearl, Miss. _ have left 11 dead and 25 wounded. In each case, at least one teen-ager was charged.

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