Texas school may build safety wall after shooting

December 14, 2011 • National News

A woman clasps her hands as she waits to hear word from her daughter after a school shooting at Harwell Middle School on Monday Dec. 12, 2011 in Edinburg, Texas. Authorities suspect hunters may have shot two South Texas middle school students who were wounded by gunfire Monday afternoon while trying out for a basketball team. (AP Photo/The Monitor, Delcia Lopez) MAGS OUT; TV OUT; AP MEMBERS ONLY

EDINBURG, Texas (AP) — Dozens of law enforcement officers trudged through soggy brush near a South Texas middle school Tuesday looking for casings and other evidence to help explain how two boys were shot while they were trying out for the school basketball team.

Investigators have questioned three men who were found on adjacent ranchland after the shooting Monday evening. Two were practicing target shooting about a half mile from the school. A third was an illegal immigrant with an assault rifle who was trespassing on the property. The target shooters were released, but are still under investigation. The other man remained in custody. Investigators didn’t know if any of them fired the shots.

School officials met with parents Tuesday morning, and both said they were surprised to learn there was hunting on private property just beyond the school’s perimeter. Superintendent Rene Gutierrez said one property owner had informed officials about hunting on his land, but they hadn’t known there was any in the area where the shots came from.

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