Girl hit in leg near Green Valley Ranch school in drive-by shooting; 2 juveniles arrested

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DENVER — A girl was wounded in a drive-by shooting near a Green Valley Ranch school on Wednesday afternoon, the Denver Police Department said.

It was the second shooting of a student near a school in Denver in two days.

The shooting happened before 2 p.m. in the 4500 block of Espana Way, about a half-mile from Martin Luther King Jr. Early College.

Police said the girl, who is a student at the school, was in a vehicle with another person.

As she was getting out of the driver’s side of the vehicle, a brown sedan going northbound on Espana approached and someone fired two to three shots, hitting the girl in the leg.

She was taken to Children’s Hospital Colorado with nonlife-threatening injuries. The girl’s name and age weren’t released.

The school was placed on lockout because of the shooting and had a controlled release of students.

Police don’t believe the girl was the intended target, but instead the other person in the vehicle was.

Police said Thursday they arrested two juvenile suspects in connection with the shooting.

On Tuesday, a 16-year-old boy was wounded in a shooting in a park across the street from the shared Rachel B. Noel campus that houses Collegiate Prep Academy and DSST Noel in the Montbello neighborhood.

Police said the two shootings are not related.

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