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Four Students Shot Outside DC High School

January 26, 1989

WASHINGTON (AP) _ A gunman opened fire on a crowd of students outside a District of Columbia high school Thursday, wounding four, police said. The incident apparently erupted because of a dispute earlier in the day.

At least two of the injured students were members of the basketball team at the school, in an affluent section of Northwest Washington.

One witness said the man ″knew where he wanted to shoot, and then he just started shooting at random.″ Police said the assailant seemed to have targeted the students involved.

There were no immediate arrests, but authorities were said to be searching for two or three men.

The shooting ″seemed to be the result of an altercation that had taken place earlier in the day,″ said Capt. Robert L. Gales of the District of Columbia police.

School system spokesman Charles Seigel said two ″outsiders″ entered Wilson High School about noon and were involved in a ″verbal altercation″ with students.

The students agreed to a fight after school, Seigel said, and were on their way to the site when the shootings occurred.

When asked if any of the victims knew the assailants, Gales said, ″I think some of the victims know who was involved.″

The shootings at Wilson High School occurred about 2:30 p.m., minutes after the students were dismissed for the day. None of the injuries was thought to be life-threatening, although police said at least one of the students was seriously injured.

Doug Hill, a weatherman for WUSA-TV, said he was driving in front of the school when he heard what he believed was automatic gunfire and screams as the students dove for cover.

″I was in my car right in the middle of the high school students and there was enough panic that they were running to my car trying to get away,″ Hill said. ″When the gunfire stopped and I looked up ... there were a dozen or two dozen kids crouching down on the ground looking for cover.″

Hill said about 200 to 250 students were outside the building.

Stacy Karageorgos, age 15, a sophomore, said she was looking out a window of the school when she saw a man with a gun climb out of a dark-colored jeep.

″He stood out of the jeep and aimed at first. He knew where he wanted to shoot, and then he just started shooting at random,″ she said.

″At first they were aiming for one person and then they starting shooting randomly,″ she said.

A student identified as Miriam Kenyon said she saw an armed man flee the scene.

The shootings came a week after a shooting incident outside a school in Stockton, Calif., in which five children were killed.

In the California shootings, a young drifter wearing combat fatigues opened fire Jan. 17 with an assault rifle at children in an elementary school yard. Five children were killed and 30 people were wounded before the gunman shot himself to death.

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