WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Officials confirmed a middle school student was killed from a gunshot wound to the head during a Wilkes-Barre shooting Monday evening.
On Monday around 5:00 p.m., multiple police agencies responded to the area of South Welles Street and Midland Court in Wilkes-Barre for a report of a shooting.
Wilkes-Barre Police stated officers came in contact with several juveniles who were involved in the incident, including a 13-year-old who had been shot in the head.
The victim was immediately treated with life-saving measures that were unsuccessful.
Brian Costello, superintendent of the Wilkes-Barre Area School District confirmed with 28/22 News that a student of the district died Monday night.
Witnesses and a juvenile suspect were taken in for further questioning. The suspect was arrested and is waiting for further court action, according to the Wilkes-Barre City Police Department.
At this time officers have ruled the victim’s death as a homicide.
“This is a very sad and tragic event and our thoughts and prayers are with the family,” stated Superintendent Costello.
Police have not released the names of those involved, or the age of the suspect.
Costello noted additional resources such as grief and guidance counselors are available and will continue to be available as needed for students, staff, and family members.