Two teenager girls have been victims of gun violence in Texas, as they walked home from school on Friday, September 2.
The shocking incident took place on Friday, September 2, as the girls walked home from one McNeil Middle School in the town of Wichita Falls.
Both teenagers who were shot were found at the scene of the incident with gunshot wounds. The girls were immediately rushed to the hospital where one of the girls, Landavazo, died from the injuries she sustained, while her friend, Smith, remains in critical condition.
The shooting which occurred in broad daylight had some eyewitnesses who have described the suspect to be between the ages of 16-18 years, with curly brown hair.
Sgt. Herald McClure disclosed to the New York Daily News that they do not have any information which indicates that the shooting was random.
Issuing a statement on Facebook, Wichita Falls School District wrote:
"Good evening, WFISD Parents and Staff. Today after school there was a tragic off-campus situation involving two girls from McNiel Middle School. I am saddened to report that one of those girls passed away and the other is in guarded condition. Please know that the district is coordinating efforts to provide grief counsellors for students. As soon as we have more information about those resources, we will pass that along to you. As a district, we are saddened by this senseless act of violence and our thoughts and prayers are with all of those involved.
Authorities ask anyone with information to contact Crimestoppers at 940-322-9888. There is a reward for credible information."
May the soul of the deceased rest in peace.