Teenager critically wounded in shooting near Denver middle school

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DENVER -- A shooting outside a middle school left a teenager seriously injured on Tuesday afternoon, the Denver Police Department said.

Police were searching for the suspect in the shooting near DSST: Cole Middle School in northeast Denver. A motive for the shooting has not been announced.

Denver Public Schools said a suspect was in custody but later said that information was incorrect. The shooting happened near the school, but not inside the buildings, police said.

On Wednesday morning, police said a juvenile male was arrested.

Classes will resume Wednesday morning at the school, which is part of Denver Public Schools' STEM program. Crisis counselors will be available for students and staff.

The shooting happened about 2 p.m. The boy, who is 13 or 14 years old and was not identified, remains at Denver Health Medical Center.

"Something has to stop now," parent Stormey Ware said. "Love has got to come somewhere. All these kids, all these parents, we're scared to death to send our kids to school

"And they need to learn. That's their whole thing is here to learn, not to be scared to go to school because somebody is going to be there to shoot them up."

Police have not released a description of the alleged shooter.

Denver Public Schools said it will have enhanced security on the campus the rest of the week.

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