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Lawyer claims Philadelphia shooting suspect not responsible

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The 17 year old suspect in Friday's shooting incident at Delaware Valley Charter High School turned himself in to police voluntarily sometime Saturday afternoon. Raisheem Rochwell, accompanied by his attorney, was charged as an adult by the District Attorney's office with two counts of aggravated assault and weapons charges Bail was set at $500,000.

Police Lt. John Stanford issued a media update through the Department's public affairs unit, indicating Rockwell has been deemed the shooter "based on the investigation thus far."

Units were called in to the North Philadelphia school following reports of shots being fired late Friday afternoon. Two students, male and female respectively, were hit in the arms with one projectile. Both were treated and then released in stable condition at Albert Einstein Medical Center. A previous person of interest in the shooting was questioned and released.

In a press release, the school issued its thanks "for the concern about the welfare of our students," and continues to work with the police and charter school safety teams to ensure that all safety issues are addressed. Equipped with metal detectors, the school is still trying to determine how the gun was brought into the building, but Amato Sanita, an attorney for Rochwell, told the Associated Press that Raisheem will ultimately not be "found responsible for this act," and that police do not have a verifiable narrative to indicate his client was the offender.


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