Harrisburg student’s murder prompts school closures


After the death of a student, the Harrisburg School District has announced that all Harrisburg high schools will be closed for students only on Thursday.

Harrisburg police responded to the 1900 block of Bellevue Road around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday and found a young male suspect dead inside a home.

Family members of that victim told abc27 he was just 15 years old, but police have still not confirmed his age or identity.

Officers could be seen searching through back alleyways and in between homes with flashlights as they combed the neighborhood.

At one point, while officers were investigating the homicide, more shots rang out nearby. Officers could be heard yelling “get on the ground!” with some even drawing their weapons.

The disturbance was close enough for officers to run over and soon find a wrecked, stolen car. It was one block away on Mulberry Street.

“Officers ended up seeing a vehicle fleeing the area who we thought was the vehicle that was involved with the shooting,” police Sergeant Tyron Meik said. “This was one of those ‘we were in the right place at the right time’.”

Police said the car was not from the area. Officers were able to take one person into custody and believe one more remains at large.

Longtime Mulberry Street resident Quincy Jones said despite a chaotic night, he won’t be deterred.

“There’s a lot of kids in this neighborhood and for something like this to go on, it shows a complete disregard for other peoples safety and that’s unacceptable,” said Jones. “It’s not worth it, it’s not worth it. At the end of the day, you will always lose – you gotta start caring about the people you’re hurting along the way.”

Police have not said if the crash and murders are related. 

School is canceled Thursday for all students at John Harris High School, Sci-Tech and Cougar Academy.

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