Update: Dallas police identified the shooting suspect as 18-year-old Emilio Tovar. He turned himself in Wednesday and has been booked in to Dallas County Jail on aggravated assault.

At about 5 p.m. Tuesday, a Woodrow Wilson student, 16, was shot in the leg at the southeast corner of Randall Park, a few blocks from school campus, according to the sparse police report.

Dallas police reported that the incident involved a group of girls (also students), and the boy was shot after an argument with one them. The victim, whose name has not been released, was transported to Baylor Hospital, and his injuries are not life-threatening.

Youth detectives are pursuing leads to identify the shooting suspect, with help from the Gang Unit. Although police don’t believe the shooting was gang-related, they say it’s possible the students involved could be gang members.

Principal Kyle Richardson released a statement, saying:

“We are taking all necessary safety precautions to ensure a normal, safe school day tomorrow. We have actively involved Dallas ISD police, Dallas police, counseling services, School Leadership, and Safety and Security. Prior to the shooting, Woodrow Wilson and [J.L.] Long [Middle School] staff had already broken up a fight and called 911. The staff as well as Dallas ISD police were able to respond instanly and secured the area as well as administered first aid until emergency personnel arrived. We believe this was an isolated incident involving a small number of students and are not expecting any additional problems.”

See WFAA’s report from the scene earlier today:


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