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DETROIT -- Officials were trying to find a way to quell the violence and reassure frightened parents after a fight involving two high school students apparently led to a shooting on a primary-school lawn that killed one of them, police said. Three other teens were wounded and three more were in custody.
A community meeting was planned for Friday at Henry Ford High School, where a day earlier classes had just let out when a gunman stepped out of a black Mazda SUV and opened fire at an elementary school next door.
"I heard girls screaming and I saw 100, 200 kids running back toward the school," said Jamile Barber, 31, who lives across the street. "From there it was just chaos, people screaming and scrambling around."
Barber said he saw "two bodies, stiff and not moving" on the lawn outside the Michigan Technical Academy campus for pre-kindergarten through second grade, next to the high school.
Christopher Walker, 16, was pronounced dead at Providence Hospital, a spokesman said. He was an 11th-grader at Henry Ford, Detroit Public Schools spokesman Steve Wasko told the Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News.
A 15-year-old female student was being treated at Providence, while two males -- a 15-year-old student and a 16-year-old former student -- were being treated at another hospital, Wasko said. All three were in serious condition late Thursday, Deputy Police Chief James Tate said.
Three males aged 15, 16 and 18 were arrested at their homes hours after the shooting, Tate said. Only the 16-year-old is a Henry Ford student, he said.
Police recovered a black Mazda SUV that witnesses saw the suspects riding in, but they had not recovered any weapons, Tate said. He said at least seven shell casings from an automatic weapon were found at the shooting scene.
It wasn't known whether anyone was inside the Michigan Technical Academy at the time.
The high school is on a busy street in a neighborhood of well-kept brick ranch houses and clean, tree-lined side streets. Barber, who grew up on Detroit's east side, said he moved there in July with his two daughters.
"It seemed to be a pretty good neighborhood," he said. "But now I've been hearing it's one of the worst schools in Detroit. People told me, 'You just wait till school starts."'

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Detroit Officer's Son Suspect In Shooting

DETROIT (AP) - A teenager suspected in a shooting that killed a 16-year-old high school junior and seriously injured three others is the son of a Detroit police officer.
Detroit police spokesman James Tate says the investigation has been given to the Michigan State Police to avoid the appearance of impropriety.
Two other teens have also been arrested in Thursday's shooting near Detroit's Henry Ford High School.
Tate declined to name the suspects or say which teen was the shooter.
Tate says an earlier fight inside the school led to the shooting.
 

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3 Teens Charged In Detroit School Shooting Case

Michigan's attorney general said Sunday that he has issued warrants for three teenagers accused of fatally shooting another teen and wounding three others near Henry Ford High School last week.

Devon Bell, 18, Derryck Brantley, 18, and William Morton, 15, were each charged with one count of first-degree premeditated murder, three counts of assault with intent to murder and one count of using a firearm in the commission of a felony, Attorney General Mike Cox said.

Police originally reported the suspects to be ages 15, 16 and 18. It wasn't immediately clear Sunday why the ages were different.

Morton was charged as an adult, which means he, like the others, would face mandatory life imprisonment if convicted of first-degree murder in Thursday's fatal shooting of 16-year-old Christopher Walker.

The suspects are to be arraigned Monday, said Cox spokesman John Sellek. He didn't know whether they had attorneys, and he wasn't sure which suspect was the son of a Detroit police officer, as previously reported.

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Detroit police lieutenant's son linked to school shooting

By Leah Boyd and Amber Hunt
Detroit Free Press

DETROIT - Three teenagers accused of opening fire near Ford High School in Detroit last week will be arraigned at 1 p.m. today in 36th District Court. The teens each face first-degree and attempted murder charges that could land them behind bars for life.
The Michigan Attorney General's Office authorized the charges Sunday night in the Thursday shooting, which killed 16-year-old Christopher Walker and injured three other teens.
The suspects have been identified as Devon Bell, 18, of Oak Park; William Morton, 15, of Detroit, and Derryck Brantley, 18, of Detroit. Brantley's father, Derryck Thomas, is a Detroit police lieutenant and homicide investigator.
Morton has been charged as an adult. The three teens are expected to be arraigned today.
"These charges should send a clear message that there is no tolerance for violence, in school or anywhere else," Attorney General Mike Cox said in a news release.
Cox's office took over the investigation Saturday after it was punted by the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office because that office regularly works with Brantley's father on homicide cases.
Detroit police sent the case to the Michigan State Police on Friday, also to avoid a conflict of interest.
The shooting was sparked by a school-day fight between one of the suspects and one of the victims, officials said.
Bell, Morton and Brantley pulled up at the intersection of Evergreen and Pembroke -- about a block from the high school and next to Michigan Technical Academy, a charter school -- just as the high school let out about 3:40 p.m., police said.
The three got out of a black Mazda SUV and fired an assault rifle, said Lt. Shannon Sims, a spokesman for the State Police. He said they're investigating whether a second firearm was used.
The three were arrested about five hours after the shooting. The SUV they had been driving was registered to Thomas' family, police said. Walker was fatally shot in the head and chest. Also shot were two boys, ages 15 and 16, and a 15-year-old girl, none of whom has been identified.

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