Shooting reported near Brashear High School in Pittsburgh: Teen charged in shooting

Police: Shooting linked to drug-related robbery

PITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh police have charged a 16-year-old student in connection with the shooting of three others outside a school in retaliation for beating him in a drug-related robbery inside the school last month.

Anjohnito Willett Jr. awaited arraignment late Wednesday on four counts each of attempted homicide, aggravated assault and reckless endangerment. He's also charged with illegally possessing a gun as a juvenile.

Police Lt. Kevin Kraus said Willett wounded three students and shot at a fourth as they were headed to a car to drive home from classes at Brashear High School on Wednesday afternoon.

Kraus said school police investigated the Oct. 18 robbery but couldn't file charges because Willett wouldn't identify his attackers, telling police he wished to settle matters himself.

Willett was in custody and it wasn't clear whether he has an attorney.

The victims' wounds appeared to be non-life threatening, authorities said.

Authorities stressed that the shooting did not occur at the school.

Brashear is a high school with about 1,400 students and 100 faculty in grades nine through 12 about two miles south of downtown. The school was locked down briefly, though students were released to their parents about 90 minutes after the shooting.

Police closed roads nearby and used dogs to search the nearby woods and neighborhood.

SWAT vehicles initially summoned to the scene left about an hour after the shooting, which was reported about 2:45 p.m. Eastern time, about the time classes are normally dismissed.

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