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Two Students Hurt in NYC Shooting

January 15, 2002

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NEW YORK (AP) _ Two students were seriously wounded Tuesday in a shooting at a high school on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.

The shooting happened a few minutes before 2 p.m. at Martin Luther King Jr. High, near Lincoln Center.

``We were in school and we heard two gunshots,″ said Romain Morrison, 17, a senior. She said she initially thought she had heard slamming doors. ``They were telling everyone to get out of the hallways.″

The school was locked down, with students kept in their classrooms while police swept the building for suspects. Through windows, officers in riot gear could be seen as they searched the school.

Senior Giorlys Alvarez, 17, said she was locked in a classroom for more than an hour.

``They wanted us to be in the room, locked up until they had things under control,″ Alvarez said after being allowed outside.

Morrison said many students ``just figured out for themselves″ and left the building.

The two injured boys were taken to St. Vincent’s Hospital Manhattan, where they were in serious condition in the emergency department, said Bill McCann, a hospital spokesman.

``We’ve got two 16-year-olds. One was shot in the upper left part of his back. The other one was shot in the upper left buttocks,″ he said.

McCann said he could not release the students’ names because of their ages.

The school has about 3,000 students and offers specialties in law, cultural arts, business, science and technology.

Board of Education officials said the school has metal detectors and X-ray machines, but it was not immediately known if they were functioning.

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