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17-year-old grazed by bullet at Dunbar High School in DC

A student was grazed by a bullet inside Dunbar High School in Northwest D.C. on Friday morning, police say. The gunfire flew through a window from outside, police said.

The student, a 17-year-old girl, received minor injuries and was taken to a hospital, police said at a news conference.

“She is totally fine and expected to make a full recovery,” Asst. Chief Leslie Parsons said.

There is no active threat inside the school, police said. However, the school is on lockdown, DC Public Schools said.

“I want everyone to know that are students are secure and they are safe,” Chief of Police Pamela Smith said.

Metropolitan Police Department officers were called to the school at First and N streets NW, north of New York Avenue, at about 9:55 a.m.

The area around the school is shut down. A large number of officers can be seen.

An investigation is underway. No information on a suspect or any arrests was immediately released. Police are set to provide additional details soon. Chief of Police Pamela Smith and Mayor Muriel Bowser are expected to speak.

Bowser was at an upbeat event with children, marking the opening of the annual Flower Mart at Washington National Cathedral, when she received a call apparently notifying her of the shooting.

It’s cold comfort for families and all D.C. residents, but crime in the District is down. The number of homicides is down 22% so far this year, compared to the same period last year. Assault with a dangerous weapon is down 31%. Total violent crime is down 25%.

Police said at about 11 a.m. that these streets were closed:

  • 100-200 blocks of N Street NW between First Street and New Jersey Avenue
  • 200 block of Morgan Street NW between New Jersey Avenue and Kirby Street
  • 1200 block of Kirby Street NW between N Street and New York Avenue

Anyone with potentially relevant information is asked to contact police.

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