Student shot outside Orlando-area high school after fight

A student was shot outside an Orlando, Fla.-area high school after an apparent fight Wednesday afternoon, officials and witnesses said.

West Orange High School in Winter Garden was on lockdown after the shooting, which students said occurred outside, near the school's bus loop.

In an announcement on the school's Facebook page, Principal Douglas Szcinski said the unidentified student was "alert and is being transported to the hospital. Law enforcement is on the scene working the situation."

WESH-TV reported that the wounded student was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center in critical condition.


Officials were reportedly still looking for the shooter.

[Updated, 6:07 p.m.: A 17-year-old youth was taken into custody, officials said, and the shooting victim was stable and expected to recover.]

Student Kaitlyn Hawkins, 16, told the Orlando Sentinel that the shooter was another student at the school who had been suspended and whose name she didn't know, and that he punched the victim twice in the face before shooting him.

Two other students also told the Sentinel that a fight broke out before the shooting, which occurred as school was letting out.