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Police enter the Delaware Valley Charter School on Jan. 17, 2014, in Philadelphia. / Matt Rourke, AP


The lawyer for a boy charged as an adult in a Friday shooting in a Philadelphia high school gym says his client is not responsible for the crime.

The Philadelphia District Attorney's Office charged Raisheem Rochwell, 17, on Saturday with two counts of aggravated assault and weapons charges, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported. Bail for the teen was set at $500,000.

Police said surveillance video and information from witness interviews led them to charge Rochwell. A second suspect, 16, turned himself in Friday, but has yet to be charged.

Rochwell's attorney, Amato Sanita, told the Associated Press that he doesn't believe that the police account is accurate, adding Rochwell "is not the person who will ultimately be responsible for this act."

A 18-year-old female student and a 17-year-old male student were hit by the same bullet when a handgun went off about 3:30 p.m. Friday at the Delaware Valley Charter High School in the Olney section of North Philadelphia, the Inquirer reported. Initial news reports had listed the two students as 15 years old.

Both victims were taken to a nearby medical center. The girl was discharged hours later, and the boy remained Sunday in the hospital in stable condition, NBC Philadelphia reported.

Surveillance video showed three youths together and one pulling out a handgun. Seven students were in the gym at the time.

The wounded girl went into the bathroom moments afterward, and there was "just a lot of blood gushing out," a friend told WPVI-TV.

"She was saying she heard a loud boom in the gym room and she looked up and her boyfriend's arm had been hit," the friend said.

The school, for grades 9 through 12, was placed on lockdown. The 600 students were searched and released individually. Police initially said the shooter was still inside the school but said later that he had fled, prompting a search by officers and SWAT teams.

The school is equipped with metal detectors, and police and school officials were trying to determine how the suspect got the gun inside.

The school will resume classes Tuesday after the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

Contributing: The Associated Press



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