TORONTO — Police are still searching for a suspect in the shooting death of a 15-year-old student at a north-end Toronto school.
The student, identified by friends as Jordan Manners, was shot in the chest around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday and the Grade 9 student later died in hospital. An autopsy is to be performed today.
Classes at the C.W. Jefferys Collegiate Institute are cancelled for the day, but the school remains open for grief counsellors to speak with students and staff.
Police have not yet suggested a possible motive for the shooting, but witnesses said there was a fight outside the school before the shooter followed the teen inside.
Another newspaper report quotes a 16-year-old student as saying the shooting may have been in retaliation for a prank involving a firecracker.
Police officers were drawn from divisions across the city to interview students Wednesday night. But Det. Sgt. Chris Buck says police have not yet found any direct witnesses and no weapon has been recovered.
The school is on a list of 10 in the city to have video surveillance cameras installed, but sources say none were operating at the time of the shooting.
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Fatal shooting in Toronto high school leaves 1 student dead