Senior at Hazelwood Central shot near campus

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. - A senior at Hazelwood Central High School was taken to a local hospital after being shot just off the campus Wednesday afternoon.

Officers responded to the 15800 block of New Halls Ferry Road around 2:40 p.m.

A spokeswoman for the Hazelwood School District said, “educators and administrators were busy assessing the situation and sheltering students at the school."

According to Officer Benjamin Granda, a spokesman for the St. Louis County Police Department, the 18-year-old victim suffered a graze wound to his torso. His injury was not considered life-threatening.

Even though students had already been dismissed for the day, police directed the high school to go on lockdown.

Police determined the shooting occurred in or around the 800 block of Greenway Manor Drive. The victim and shooter knew one another, Granda said.

The district sent the following message to parents Wednesday afternoon:

"After school today shots were fired in the neighborhood on Greenway Chase Drive and Sabrina Lane, shortly after dismissal.

"St. Louis County Police immediately put Hazelwood Central High, Brown Elementary, Early Childhood Education Central, and GALACTIC/gifted education schools on lockdown to ensure the safety of students and staff. Students who were out practicing or at play were called in as a safety precaution. We have canceled all after school activities at Central High.

"Students and staff at the school are safe but we are taking extra precautions. Police officers believe the threat is no longer in the area and has given us clearance to dismiss. Therefore, Brown, Early Childhood Central and Gifted Education will dismiss at their regular times under a heightened security presence.

"As information is made available to us, we will update you accordingly."