A student at the Achievement Academy at Harbor City High School in Northeast Baltimore was shot and killed Thursday morning a short distance from the campus, a school district official confirmed.

Police responded to the 2300 block of East Northern Parkway around 9:47 a.m. and found an adult male who had been shot. A short time later, police said he died. Authorities have not yet released his name and age.

An Eagle gas station worker said the shooting occurred in front of the business’ convenience store, which is located nearly a half-mile from Achievement Academy. He was receiving a Hershey’s ice cream delivery when he heard gunfire.

”I heard ‘pop pop pop’ and ran behind the counter and called the police,” he said.

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Baltimore City Public Schools spokesperson Sherry Christian said there’s a bus stop outside the gas station that many students who attend the school use. Other students saw the shooting.

The school is scheduled to be closed Friday and counseling will be available for students next week, she said.

As of March 11, 24 teenagers between the ages of 13 and 18 years old have been shot this school year within two blocks of schools during school hours.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated.


Penelope Blackwell is a Breaking News/Accountability reporter with The Banner. Previously, she covered local government in Durham, NC, for The News & Observer. She received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Morgan State University and her master’s in journalism from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. 

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