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Man shot near school in 7th Ward

The NOPD investigates a shooting near Clark High School. (FOX 8 Photo) The NOPD investigates a shooting near Clark High School. (FOX 8 Photo)
NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - New Orleans police are investigating a shooting that happened near a 7th Ward school Tuesday morning.

A 22-year-old man was shot near Joseph S. Clark Preparatory School in the 1300 block of North Derbigny Street shortly before noon. He was struck in the leg.

The victim was not a student or employee, but ran to the school for safety and to call police, according to the NOPD.

The victim was taken to a local hospital. It is unclear where the shooting occurred. The incident is still under investigation. 

The school released the following statement:

"Shortly before noon today, a shooting occurred in the neighborhood near Joseph S. Clark Preparatory School- A FirstLine School. School administrators were alerted after gunshots were heard, and as with all incidents such as these, the school implemented a mandatory lockdown.

"After further investigation, we have determined that the victim, who was shot in the leg, gained access to the premises by entering through a back gate moments prior to the lockdown being implemented. The gate is NOT broken and DOES LOCK.

"As the perimeter was being secured, school officials encountered the victim and upon realizing that he was wounded, escorted him to a secured area where he was treated by EMS and removed from the premises.

"Parents and families of Clark Prep students were immediately notified of the incident through School Reach. All of our students and staff members are safe and have returned to their normal school schedule.

"This incident did NOT occur at the school nor is it related to our students or staff. NOPD detectives were immediately dispatched and are in the process of gathering information to determine the location of occurrence. This is an ongoing NOPD investigation and is being handled by the 1st district. If you have any questions regarding the NOPD's investigation please contact the Public Information Office at 504-658-5858."

Citizens with information that can help solve this crime are asked to call Crimestoppers at 822-1111 or toll-free 1-877-903-STOP. You could receive a cash reward of up to $2,500 for the information leading to the arrest and indictment of the responsible person(s). You do not have to give your name nor testify to receive the reward. Citizens can also submit an anonymous tip online to Crimestoppers at www.crimestoppersgno.org.

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