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Teen shot to death in parking lot at Linton Middle School in Penn Hills

Samson X Horne
| Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 5:06 p.m.
Officers stand by at the scene of a deadly shooting at Linton Middle School in Penn Hills on Tuesday, March 28, 2017.
Nate Smallwood | Tribune-Review
Officers stand by at the scene of a deadly shooting at Linton Middle School in Penn Hills on Tuesday, March 28, 2017.
Officers stand by at the scene of a deadly shooting at Linton Middle School in Penn Hills on Tuesday, March 28, 2017.
Nate Smallwood | Tribune-Review
Officers stand by at the scene of a deadly shooting at Linton Middle School in Penn Hills on Tuesday, March 28, 2017.

A 16-year-old Penn Hills High School student was found shot to death Tuesday afternoon in a parking lot outside of Linton Middle School in Penn Hills, according to police.

County officials identified the boy as Deven Holloway of Penn Hills.

Allegheny County Police said late Tuesday that detectives have questioned several people in connection with the shooting, but had not filed any charges.

WPXI reported that an unidentified suspect was being questioned late Tuesday.

Penn Hills police received a call from 911 around 4:30 p.m. after school had been dismissed for the day; however, there was a volleyball match and track practice going on at the time.

“There was a man down, and we did request medical assistance. ...Subsequently the individual was pronounced dead on the scene by our paramedics,” police Chief Howard Burton said.

Police said the body had wounds in the upper torso and was lying next to a car that had “nothing to do” with the crime. A handgun was recovered nearby.

It isn't clear what the high school student was doing at the middle school, but Holloway was known to play basketball at the courts adjacent to the parking lot.

Several people at the scene said they'd heard three to five gunshots, but none said they witnessed the shooting.

According to Burton, this is the first time there has been a school shooting in Penn Hills.

The district cancelled classes on Wednesday.

It released a statement late Tuesday saying the school board “extends their deepest sympathies to the family of the student killed today and shares the sadness with all the families of Penn Hills students.”

The district will provide grief counseling for students and staff for as long as needed.

Allegheny County Police homicide investigators asked anyone who heard or saw anything in the vicinity of the school call 412-473-3000. Callers may remain anonymous.

Samson X Horne is a staff writer for the Tribune-Review. Reach him at 412-871-2325 or shorne@tribweb.com.

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