17-year-old arrested after Lawrence Central High School shooting

Police responded to a shooting at Lawrence Central High School Friday, Jan. 22, 2016. (WISH Photo/Jeff Wagner)

LAWRENCE, Ind. (WISH) — Police arrested a 17-year-old in the shooting of a student outside of Lawrence Central High School Friday evening.

According to Lawrence Police, the 17-year-old suspect has been preliminarily charged with criminal recklessness with a firearm, possession of a handgun with no license on school property, and dangerous possession of a firearm.

The 15-year-old student was shot during a basketball game at Lawrence Central High School, according to Lawrence police.

Police say the boy was shot in the leg and had non-life threatening injuries. He was taken to Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health.

Officers were called to the scene just before 9:30 p.m.

Police say the incident began as an argument inside the school. The argument spilled outside and that’s when the teen was shot. About a dozen people witnessed the argument and shooting, police say.

Police responded to a shooting at Lawrence Central High School Friday, Jan. 22, 2016. (WISH Photo/Jeff Wagner)
Police responded to a shooting at Lawrence Central High School Friday, Jan. 22, 2016. (WISH Photo/Jeff Wagner)

The basketball game between Lawrence Central High School and Warren Central High School — which had less than 20 seconds remaining when the shooting happened — was allowed to finish. After it ended, people attending the game were quickly evacuated.

“This incident is not a reflection of the outstanding students of Lawrence Central High School, but of an individual who has no respect for our community or our schools,” the Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township wrote in a statement.

Police said they are looking for a black male suspect, but no other description was given.

Several officers were providing security at the game and responded to the shooting.

The student who was shot was treated and released for a gunshot wound to the left lower calf.

Police said they will look at surveillance video in hopes it will shed light on exactly what happened.

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