PHILADELPHIA (AP) – A 17-year-old who shot two classmates got the gun only moments before from an ex-student who bypassed metal detectors as a “guest” at the Philadelphia charter school, police said Monday.
Video footage shows the former Delaware Valley Charter High School student, 18-year-old Donte Walker, handing off the gun and exchanging money with an unidentified male Friday afternoon inside the school gym, police said Monday.
The gun then was passed to Raisheem Rochwell, who feared he was going to be targeted in an after-school assault, Lt. John Stanford said. Within minutes, Rochwell shot the two classmates in their arms, police said.
“I would think it would be required for anyone coming into the school to go through the metal detectors. You have children’s lives at stake here,” said Stanford, a department spokesman.
Police believe the victims, an 18-year-old female and a 17-year-old male, were struck by the same bullet. The male student spent two days in the hospital, but both have been treated and released.
Rochwell was being held on aggravated assault and other charges. His lawyer insisted over the weekend that he will be vindicated.
Rochwell “is not the person who will ultimately be responsible for this act,” said lawyer Amato Sanita, who added that anything that may have happened was not “intentional.” His client remained in custody on $500,000 bond, with a preliminary hearing scheduled for Feb. 6.
School officials did not immediately return a call for comment on Monday, when the school was closed for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. The school will resume classes Tuesday.
Police said they were working with school officials to identify the person who paid for the gun, but were proceeding slowly after the wrong student was arrested Friday evening based on a faulty identification by school officials, Stanford said.
“We don’t want an incident like occurred Friday, where a young man was taken into custody” who was not involved, Stanford said.
Walker was charged at a police station late Sunday with a weapons violation. It wasn’t clear if he had a lawyer.
Police also were still investigating whether Rochwell had actually feared an assault, and whether the gun discharged accidentally.
“If he’s a target or not of a fight after school, that’s still no excuse for him to have a firearm,” Stanford said. “At the end of a day, you play with a loaded gun, things will happen.”
(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
- 6 tips to create the best family movie night
- New bone marrow procedure holds promise for healing pain
- The best places to celebrate Fall in Phoenix
- Infamous athletes who did the most time for their crimes
- Diet, exercise and aspirin: 3 tools to fight colon cancer
- 2016 baseball highlights, bloopers and blunders
- See how CFOs really feel about business in the Valley
- The best television shows on the internet
- A preseason guide to avoid holiday weight gain
- The 5 worst things you could do for your roof
- 6 coolest things brewing in Arizona
- The virus that keeps head and neck cancers on the rise
- State Fair ‘Kid Reporter’ has all the angles covered
- 4 important things to know about timeshare maintenance fees
- Signs of delayed car crash injuries
- The truth about sports concussions
- The Alzheimer's epidemic: Facts you need to know
- The season is here, keep your Fantasy Football team strong all season
- 8 TV shows you can't miss this fall
- Football is here: 6 tips to make this your best season ever
- Gameday recipes and beers to match
- 6 reasons the Cardinals are driven to win the Super Bowl
- The Pac-12 football season nears kickoff
- Tips to get ready for a pain-free golf season
- Protect your family with these 7 home security features
- How to train like an Olympic swimmer
- 2016 Olympics: A guide to must-see TV events
- The bride's guide to feeling your best on your wedding day
- Deciding when you need knee surgery
- Celebrating Fourth of July is much cooler in these AZ towns