NEWBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — Four teenagers were shot and wounded in an upstate New York town, prompting the closure of a local high school “out of an abundance of caution,” school officials said.
Newburgh Police said three teens were shot in the legs and a fourth in the stomach on Wednesday afternoon, all between the ages of 16 to 18 and residents of Newburgh, The Times Herald-Record reported.
Newburgh Free Academy’s campuses were closed.
Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler said it was not immediately clear if these were gang-related shootings.
Hoovler told the newspaper the shootings took place over a quarter-mile area, describing it as “a bunch of 16- and 17-year-olds that are just shooting at each other, running up and down the street.”
The Hudson Valley town of Newburgh is home to about 28,000 people, and has been beset by poverty, high crime and boarded-up homes for years.