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Police: Boy, 15, shot, killed near elementary school in D.C.

Tom Roussey/ABC7

A 15-year-old Ballou High School student was shot multiple times and killed after school Wednesday just a few blocks from MLK Jr. Elementary & Democracy Prep charter school in Southeast.

It happened shortly before 4 p.m. in an alley in the Congress Heights neighborhood.

Police say a group of between 20 and 25 young people had gathered in the alley, which is just north of the 600 block of Alabama Avenue SE and in-between Randle Place and 7th Street.

Metropolitan Police Department Assistant Chief Chanel Dickerson said officers patrol the area around where the shooting happened after school to try to make sure students get home safely.

She says a school resource officer was nearby and heard the gunshots, which a nearby worker told ABC7 numbered around five.

Dickerson says the school resource officer saw young people fleeing from the alley, then went into it and found the 15-year-old suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

"We have to realize that a precious life was lost here today,” Dickerson said. “The 15-year-old, he did not deserve to die today."

Police did not have a specific descriptions of potential suspects Wednesday night. Dickerson said they were looking through security video to try to determine exactly what led to the shooting and who did it.

As of Wednesday night the teen victim’s name had not been made public.

Police told ABC7 the victim had either participated in or watched a fight at school earlier in the day, and they were investigating whether that fight had any link to the shooting that happened later.

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