Barbara Jordan HS student shot in reported robbery in northeast Houston, HISD says

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A Barbara Jordan HS student is recovering after being shot during a robbery (KTRK)

A Barbara Jordan High School student was shot today during a reported robbery off campus, a Houston Independent School District spokesperson says.

HISD says the shooting happened around 7:15am at the intersection of Sayers and Kelley streets.

The student was walking to school when she was approached by an unknown car. Investigators say someone in the vehicle then tried to take the girl's purse; a struggle ensued and then ended abruptly with a single gunshot.

The student was transported to the hospital with injuries and is expected to recover, according to the spokesperson.

Neighbors say the student is a familiar face in the area and say she often walks with a male friend but today she was walking alone.

"I saw her walk passed and she wasn't with the guy she is normally with -- he was about 30 minutes earlier. She was looking at her phone and within 5 to 10 minutes I heard the one shot," said resident Albert White.

The spokesperson added, "All students on campus are safe. Police are investigating, and extra officers have been assigned to patrol the campus and surrounding area as a precautionary measure."

Police don't have a specific description of the suspect or suspects other than they were in a black 4-door vehicle.

Barbara Jordan High School for Careers Parents & Students sent this letter home with students:

    I need to make you aware of an incident that occurred today off campus. This morning, one of our students was shot during a reported robbery at the intersection of Sayers and Kelley streets, which is across the street from our campus.

    Witnesses immediately called 911. The injured student was transported to the hospital. Thankfully, she is expected to recover.

    Both HISD Police and the Houston Police Department are investigating, and extra officers have been assigned to patrol the campus and surrounding area as a precautionary measure. In the meantime, I urge students to be extremely careful when off campus before and after school. I also ask that you discuss these important safety tips with your child.
    Students should walk in groups, not alone.
    Students should avoid distractions, such as cell phones, and pay attention to their surroundings.
    Students who are approached by a stranger should run away and seek help from others.
    Students should physically resist and yell for help if anyone tries to force them into a vehicle or a home.
    Students should immediately report any incident that makes them uncomfortable.
    Please know we take these situations very seriously, as the safety of our students is always our absolute top priority. I urge you to be vigilant in the neighborhood. If you see any suspicious activity or have any information about this incident or these suspects, we ask that you contact the HISD Police Department immediately at 713-892-7777, or call 911.

    Sincerely,

    Ross McAlpine, Principal
    Barbara Jordan High School for Careers
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