Reports of shots fired near Harrisburg High School as students walked home

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Questions went unanswered Thursday after someone apparently fired shots outside Harrisburg High School a day earlier.

Parents were left in the dark about what happened, and now police and the school district disagree about what happened after the incident.

It happened on Hale Avenue, just outside the school. A student told ABC27 she was walking south on the sidewalk in front of the football field with a group of other students when she heard shots coming from a bit farther north, near the intersection with Midland Road.

That’s when she and the other students took off running toward Berryhill Street.

A parent who was there picking up her elementary school-aged son from his bus stop said a teenager was right by her car when he started shooting across the street toward the school.

She didn’t want to be named out of fear something might happen to her or her son if she did, but the mom said she called police. So did at least one neighbor, Harrisburg police Capt. Gabe Olivera said.

They got the call shortly before 3 p.m. Wednesday, he said, as students were leaving school. A caller heard multiple shots, looked out the window and saw kids running down the street.

When police got there, Olivera said, there were no witnesses, no suspects, and no evidence of a shooting. It doesn’t appear anyone was hurt.

Olivera said the school never called police about it. A school district spokeswoman, Kirsten Keys, said they had called police about a different matter about a half hour earlier and thought officers were still en route.

“Obviously, there’s a major concern,” she said in a phone conversation Thursday, but since it happened off school property, she went on, it’s a police matter, not a district matter.

That’s also why she said the school district did not contact parents about it. She declined to talk with us on camera to explain that decision further.

School security cameras picked up a little bit of what happened, Keys said, but not enough for it to be conclusive. She hoped to meet with police to go over the video.

A much calmer end to the school day came Thursday, with students walking home like they usually do.

But there are still a lot of unanswered questions for both police and the school district about what led up to the shooting and how to respond to something like this in the future.

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