Denver police have arrested a juvenile male in a shooting Tuesday afternoon near a Denver middle school that left a child in critical condition, police say.
The suspect is being held for investigation of aggravated assault, according to a Wednesday morning Denver police tweet. The boy’s name was not released because he is a juvenile.
The victim remains in critical condition, according to the tweet. His identity has also not been released.
The shooting occurred around 2 p.m. on a grassy area outside DSST Cole Middle School’s Mitchell Building in the 3200 block of Marion Street in northeast Denver.
Police have not confirmed whether either of the boys were students at the school.
A Denver Public Schools crisis team was brought in to support students and staff following the shooting. Police escorted groups of the middle school children out a back door of the school to a neighboring auditorium building, where parents anxiously waited to show their IDs and be allowed to embrace their kids and take them home.
Some children cried, while others talked about problems with violence in the neighborhood that made them nervous to attend class.