HONOLULU – A 17-year-old boy was shot in the wrist at a Honolulu high school on Tuesday morning in an incident local media reported had involved police who were trying to apprehend him.
Officials confirmed that a shooting had taken place and that the teen had been taken into custody, but could not immediately confirm reports that officers had been involved in the shooting and that the teen was a runaway.
“I can confirm that there has been a shooting on campus,” said Shayne Enright, a spokeswoman for Honolulu’s Emergency Medical Services Division.
“A 17-year-old male has been transported to a trauma center in serious condition with a gunshot wound to the right wrist,” Enright said. She said no other victims were transported to hospitals following the incident at about 8:30 a.m. local time.
The Honolulu Advertiser newspaper, citing Honolulu police, reported that the injured boy was shot by police after allegedly attacking three officers with a kitchen knife as they tried to apprehend him as a runaway. There was no immediate word on whether the boy was a student at the school.
The newspaper reported that the police officers received minor lacerations that did not require medical attention.
Roosevelt High School, which has some 1,400 students, was placed on lockdown following the incident. Students were then released early for the day, the school said in a statement posted on its website.