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Suspect in Philly School Shooting Charged as Adult:


Police say that 17-year-old Raisheem Rochwell allegedly shot two students in the gym at Delaware Valley Charter High School in Philadelphia on Friday. Reports indicate that the shot went through the arm of an 18-year-old female student and struck a 17-year-old male student in the shoulder. The male victim was released from the hospital today.

There is some indication that the shooting might have been accidental however, Rochwell has been charged as an adult and was placed on $500,000 bail. Police originally suspected two other teens but those teens have been questioned and released. Rochwell’s attorney says that his client is innocent of course…

“We can come forward with the judge, explain the extreme circumstances of this case, which the arraignment court judge actually had some note of, that clearly the matter wasn’t malicious,” Sanita said. “The only dispute here is gonna be who did it and how did it happen. It’s our position that it certainly had no connection to the young man that they now have in custody.”

Sanita also added that Rochwell “is not the person who will ultimately be responsible for this act.”

Sanita also suggested that the shooting was an accident.

“Anything you’re hearing out there, this is nothing that involves anything intentional,” he said. “We can make those comments right now, and that’s it.”

He might have a case since police considered other suspects prior to Rochwell not to mention as far as I know the gun has not been recovered. However with Rochwell being charged as an adult with such high bail I wonder if they know more than they’re letting on. Time will tell.

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