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Texas Teen Among Those Shot at School Graduation Near Grand Rapids

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Two people were shot Thursday night following graduation ceremonies for Crossroads Alterative High School near Grand Rapids, authorities said.

The shooting occurred about 7:20 p.m. Thursday at East Kentwood High School.

About 60 students and their families and friends were at the school’s stadium for the graduation. School officials said the shooting happened following the ceremony.

Kent County Sheriff Michelle LaJoye-Young said people in two cars started exchanging gunshots.

She said the shots struck a 16-year-old boy from Texas and a 40-year-old woman from Grand Rapids. The teenager was shot in the wrist and the woman was shot twice, LaJoye-Young said. They were both in stable condition at a hospital.

Suspects immediately fled from the scene, authorities said.

Kentwood Schools leaders released a statement describing the shooting as an isolated event.

Along with the graduation ceremony, a middle school concert was being held in the high school auditorium at the time.

“Families were able to depart from the school following the incident without problem,” the school statement said.

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