Girl wounded in shooting in Pa. school; eighth-grader apprehended

Wednesday, March 7th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - An eighth-grade girl shot a 13-year-old female classmate during lunch at a Roman Catholic school Wednesday before being subdued by a school administrator, officials said. The victim, also in eighth grade, was shot once in the upper body, but her injuries were not considered life threatening, said Maria Orzel, a spokeswoman for the Diocese of Scranton. ``It is my understanding that an administrator got the gun away from the girl and that she is in custody,'' Orzel said. After the shooting, students remained at Bishop Neumann Junior-Senior High School, where police were interviewing witnesses, she said. The wounded girl was taken to Williamsport Hospital and later transferred to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, which has a trauma center. Geisinger did not release a condition, said Linda Campbell, a Williamsport Hospital spokeswoman. The school has about 230 students in grades 7 through 12. Williamsport, home to the Little League World Series, is in central Pennsylvania, about 160 miles northwest of Philadelphia.