Drive-By Shooting Outside Richmond High School

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    Kennedy High School was put on lockdown Wednesday morning after a 14-year-old was shot at a nearby park. Christie Smith reports (Published Wednesday, May 14, 2014)

    John F. Kennedy High School in Richmond was locked down Wednesday morning after a student was shot at a nearby park, according to the West Contra Costa Unified School District Board president.

    Charles Ramsay told NBC Bay Area the "seriously injured" student was taken to the office while he waited for an ambulance to arrive for the 14-year-old boy, who was shot in the leg, and taken to Children's Hospital in Oakland.

    The drive-by shooting occurred just before 9 a.m. about a block away from the school, at the intersection of South 41st Street and Cutting Boulevard, according to Richmond police spokeswoman Bisa French. There was a fight at a nearby park, which escalated into a shooting.

    "It's  going to take some time to get everyone corralled and interviewed to piece things together," French said.

    Emon Hopkins, a student at the school, said the whole ordeal was "scary," and the shots "came out of nowhere."

    Sylvia Whitley said she was taking her child out of school until Monday so that she could "keep him safe."

    Classes were back in session by 10 a.m.