May 20, 2002 – As of Monday morning, police had provided no details on a report that four armed males entered Elena Christian Junior High School on Friday shortly after lunch, with one of them opening fire on students.
According to a report in The Avis on Saturday, one student suffered a broken arm; no other injuries were reported. The newspaper account did not say if the broken arm resulted from a gunshot wound.
St. Croix Deputy Police Chief Angel Santos said Sunday evening that he had been unable to contact the school security office in charge and could provide no further details about the incident. He said he would have more information on Monday morning but could not be reached then.
The assault was committed in front of numerous students and left the student body horrified, The Avis reported. Teachers and police were reportedly puzzling over how the four gained access to the campus. Principal Susanna Smith told reporters that the afternoon's events had been chaotic.
According to Smith, the young men, one believed to be a former student, came on the school grounds early in the afternoon in search of a student they wanted to beat up. When they found the student, they started fighting, and then one of them brought out a gun.
According to the report, one of the police officers at the scene thought he might know the identity of one of the suspects.
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