Pontiac High School closed Friday in wake of shooting near elementary school

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

Pontiac — Pontiac High School closed Friday and will resume classes Monday in the wake of a teen being shot this week, officials said.

Kelley Williams, the Pontiac School District's superintendent, announced the closure in a letter sent to parents.

"The circumstances of this tragic incident have caused a great deal of despair and concern throughout Pontiac High School," she wrote. "Consequently, a number of problems within the building have arisen and been brought to our attention."

She said ensuring the safety of students, staff and families is imperative at all times.

Williams added the district will make counseling and support available to students when the high school reopens Monday.

Oakland County sheriff's deputies were called at about 1:45 a.m. Thursday to the area of Bay Street and Dufrain on a report of shots fired, according to authorities. The high school is about four miles west of the scene.

As they checked the area, a resident told deputies a car had been abandoned in a driveway in the 1200 block of Dufrain and he saw two men fleeing from it.

Deputies examined the vehicle and found a .40 caliber handgun under the driver's seat, officials said.

As the vehicle was being towed since it blocked the driveway, dispatch received a call from a man who said he found his friend's body lying in the garage/carport of a house in the 500 block of Bay, about 200 feet away. The house is also about 300 feet from Herrington Elementary School.

"The victim’s friend said that he had received a call from the victim asking him to come get him because he was in trouble," authorities said in a statement. "The victim’s friend then stated he heard many gunshots and the phone disconnected."

Deputies found a 17-year-old unresponsive and bleeding from multiple gunshot wounds in his legs and one in his head. Nearby, they spotted a .380 caliber semi-automatic handgun and a cell phone.

The house next to the garage, which neighbors believed was abandoned, appeared to have been struck by numerous bullets, while multiple shell casings were found strewn across about 100 yards of Bay Street, police said.

Paramedics took the victim to a hospital, but he was transferred to Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak due to the seriousness of his wounds, they also said. Other details were not released.

Authorities are offering a $1,000 reward for tips in an attempted murder reported in Pontiac early Thursday. Anyone with information on the incident can anonymously submit tips to Crime Stoppers of Michigan at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.

Detroit News writer Charles E. Ramirez contributed.