Teens charged in 2 separate pellet gun shootings at Toronto schools

Three teenagers are facing charges after separate pellet gun shootings at two schools in Toronto.

The first incident was Monday, when a student was shot inside a school in the city’s west end around 12:45 p.m., police say.

The school was put into lockdown and a 17-year-old girl was taken to hospital with a non-life-threatening injury.

A 15-year-old boy was charged with possession of a dangerous weapon.

“We understand that this incident is deeply concerning and emotionally stressful for the school community,” the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) said in a statement to CBC News Tuesday. 

Shortly after 4 p.m. on Monday, police were called to a second school, also in the west end, after a 15-year-old boy was shot in the head and arm with a pellet gun on school property.

He was taken to hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

Police found two teenage boys with pellet guns a short distance away.

A 15-year-old suspect is charged with assault with a weapon, possession of a dangerous weapon and uttering threats, while a 17-year old suspect is charged with carrying a concealed weapon.

Last week, police shot and killed a 27-year-old man who was carrying a pellet gun after reports he was carrying a rifle near a Scarborough school. The SIU is investigating the death.

The incident came two days after a gunman entered a Texas elementary school classroom and killed 19 children and two teachers.

The shootings are being investigated separately, and officers are asking any witnesses or anyone with information to contact them.

Police are also reminding people who own pellet or BB guns to use them in a safe and legal manner.

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