Van Horn High School student, 16, shot and killed; police searching for suspect

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- A 16-year-old Van Horn High School student died Monday afternoon in a shooting, and police are still searching for the shooter. Independence police say the teenager was found lying in a driveway in the 1100 block of Home Street, which is a few blocks away from the school.

The teen died after he was taken away from the scene by an ambulance, he's only been identified as a black male so far.

Police say at least one person ran from the scene after the shooting. Police are unsure if the shooting is related to a car chase that started in the area at about 2:40 p.m.

“We did have a pursuit that originated in the area earlier. We are still  working on if and how it’s related to this, but it did originate right around here,” Officer John Syme told FOX 4's Molly Balkenbush.

The Independence School District released this statement about the victim:
"We have learned that one of our Van Horn students was shot near Truman Road and Home Avenue after school hours and away from school. Our hearts are with this student and the students’ family. We will have extra counselors at Van Horn tomorrow."

News of the student's death shocked his classmates.

"We are a huge family here and it`s not right that he walks home from school and he was shot and a life was taken,” said Shea Martinez.

“I`ve probably seen him walk around school and that`s one face that I will never see again, so my heart goes out to the family tonight and the student body and him.”

Neighbor Whitney Gray said she heard four or five gunshots and saw somebody run from the crime scene.

“Normally my kids are out here playing, so we were kind of freaked out,” she described.

Gray told FOX 4 she talked to a girl who was walking next to the victim and her mother after the shooting happened.

“She said they were going to homecoming and they were really close, and he was walking her home is what they said,” Gray said.

FOX 4 will update this story with more information about the victim and any possible suspects when those details are released.

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