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Person shot at Coolidge High School

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Updated article, 5:42 p.m.: One student shot another outside Coolidge High School in Northwest D.C. on Wednesday afternoon.

The shooting occured at about 3:18 p.m. -- just minutes after class let out for the day -- in the back parking lot of the high school, at 6315 Fifth Street NW, according to police and school officials.

D.C. Councilwoman Muriel Bowser said one student left the school after he was involved in an altercation earlier in the day and returned with a gun as class let out, shooting the victim in the leg.

The victim was conscious and breathing at the scene, and was transported to a local hospital, according to D.C. police spokesman Hugh Carew.

Police have the suspect, described as a young student, and weapon in custody.

Initial reports indicated police were searching for another suspect, but Bowser said police now believe they have the sole suspect in custody.

The school was placed on lockdown following the shooting, and students were dismissed shortly after, according to D.C. Public Schools spokeswoman Melissa Salmanowitz. Additional security measures will be put in place at the school Thursday, when counseling will be available to students, she said.

Original article:

A person was shot at Coolidge High School in Northwest D.C. on Wednesday afternoon, according to police.

The shooting occurred at 3:18 p.m. -- just three minutes after students are let out of school -- at 6315 Fifth Street NW, according to police spokesman Hugh Carew. The shooting apparently happened at the school's football field, but it's unclear whether the victim, described as an adult male, is a student, he said.

A D.C. Public Schools spokeswoman confirmed that the shooting occurred at the high school in the back field, where a football and baseball field are located.

The victim suffered multiple gunshot wounds, was conscious and breathing on the scene, and was transported to a local hospital.

Police reported one suspect in custody and are searching for another, described as a black male wearing an orange shirt and tan pants. He was last scene running toward the Takoma Metro station, police said.

Lisa Gartner contributed to this article.

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