Friday, May 05, 2006
A 21-year-old former student was also shot in the altercation, which happened at Kitayama Elementary on Saturday night and reportedly involved a number of other Logan students.
Police are investigating the shootings.
According to the current Logan student, a 17-year-old varsity athlete, he was a bystander who had gone to Kitayama to watch a fight between two former students who quarreled at the Powderpuff game over bad blood left over from their school days, and a girl who is also a Logan varsity athlete.
He said he was running from the scene when he was shot. "It felt like I was punched," he said. He got into a friend's car, who took him to a local home. He said he realized he had been shot when he saw the "clean hole" through his shirt and his boxers, and noticed he was bleeding. His legs also began hurting, he said.
Another friend called his mother, who called police and sent paramedics to the home to treat the student.
The student said Friday that doctors won't remove the 38-caliber bullet because it is lodged in a muscle in his lower back and removing it might do more damage than leaving it there. "It would just make it worse," he said. He said he's recovered enough to play sports again.
Despite the bullet lodged in his back, the 17-year-old has returned to school, and was interviewed by the Courier on Friday.
The former student is recovering from wounds to his back and elbow.
Witnesses say about a dozen Logan students gathered at Kitayama to watch the fight. The shooting occured between 9 and 10 p.m.
Friends took the wounded ex-student to a local hospital for treatment, which called the police, who learned of the shooting from the hospital, according to the Argus newspaper. Only later did the police learn of the other victim, the current Logan student.
He said he won't be going out of his way to watch fights anymore. About a dozen others gathered at Kitayama to watch the fracas, he said.
"God was watching over me that night," he said, " I'm more religious now."