3 Hunters Busted in Double Student Shooting

Texas middle school boys shot at basketball tryouts
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 13, 2011 12:02 AM CST
3 Hunters Busted in Double Student Shooting
A woman clasps her hands as she waits to hear word from her daughter after a school shooting at Harwell Middle School in Edinburg, Texas.   (AP Photo/The Monitor, Delcia Lopez)

Three hunters have been busted in the shooting of two Texas middle school students who were struck as they were trying out for their basketball team in the playground. One was critically injured. A police helicopter spotted the hunters, one armed with a .223-caliber semiautomatic rifle, the others with .30-caliber rifles. School classes were over for the day when the shootings occurred. But some 200 children were still on campus at the Edinburg school, and the facility was placed on immediate lockdown, AP reports.

Police are waiting for surgeons to remove the bullets from the boys, ages 13 and 14, to match them to the guns, reports the Brownsville Herald. "This is a major crime," said one officer. Deputies are continuing to pore over nearby fields seeking shell casings. The school borders ranches that are leased to hunters. (Read more Texas stories.)

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