Two 15-Year-Old Girls Killed in Shooting at Independence High School in Glendale, Arizona

Two 15-Year-Old Girls Killed in Shooting at Independence High School in Glendale, Arizona

Two 15-year-old girls were shot and killed at a high school in the Phoenix suburb of Glendale on Friday morning, authorities told reporters.


Glendale police spokeswoman Tracey Breeden said each girl was shot once, the Associated Press reported. There was no search for suspects, and a weapon was found near their bodies, she added.

“We don’t believe that there’s any suspects that are out there … that we’re searching for,” Breeden said, CNN reported.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey released a statement offering “thoughts and prayers” to the community.

“The state of Arizona continues to watch the situation closely, and stands at the ready to offer any support the school or community need,” he said.

Police can’t confirm whether the two girls were students at the school, Breeden said. She said the shooting took place on school grounds near the main building in a patio-covered area.

Breeden told reporters that authorities are still unclear about the relationship between the two girls, ABC 15 reported.

“The campus remains on lock down and no one will be allowed to enter or exit the campus until the police have lifted the lock down and ensured the safety of the school,” the Glendale Union High School District said in a statement. “Parents will be notified as soon as it is safe for students to be picked up from campus.”

In an earlier statement, Glendale police said they responded shortly before 8 a.m. to reports of two teens suffering gunshot wounds at Independence High School.

“This occurred in an isolated area of campus,” police had said in a statement. “This was not any sort of active shooter incident and there is no danger to the school or community at this time.”

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