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Police charged a boy with aggravated
assault and related crimes in connection
with a shooting that wounded two students
inside a Philadelphia high school gymna-
sium, but released a second boy from cus-
tody without charging him.
Raisheem Rochwell, 17, was being held
on $500,000 bail after he was charged as
an adult and arraigned Saturday night, said
police spokesman Lt John Stanford. Stanford
said Rochwell turned himself in earlier Sat-
Rochwell faces adult charges including
aggravated assault, recklessly endangering
another person and firearms offences. His
attorney wasn t immediately listed in court
Police didn t identify the boy who was
released. He had surrendered Friday night,
hours after the 3.30 pm shooting at the
Delaware Valley Charter High School in
It remained unclear Saturday whether
the shooting was accidental or intention-
"A quick response by Philadelphia police
allowed officers to immediately secure the
school and determine this was not an active
shooter incident," police said.
The wounded boy and girl each were shot
in an arm, and by Saturday police confirmed
that both had been hit by the same bullet.
The female student, 18, was shot in the
rear of her left arm. "The bullet exited her
bicep and then struck a 17-year-old male
student in the shoulder," police said.
The female student was treated for her
injuries and released from Albert Einstein
Medical Center, while the male victim was
admitted in stable condition, police said. The hospital
could not provide additional information Saturday
because police had not released the male victim s
Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said police
didn t know what staffing or security procedures
were in place at the school but said "there was a
breakdown in security of some kind" because the
gun got into the building.
The school was placed on lockdown and secured
by SWAT officers checking each room. Students were
searched and released one by one.
A spokesman for the school district didn t imme-
diately respond to a call seeking comment. The pres-
ident of the charter school s board of trustees said
he didn t have any additional information about the
Police said the suspects ran away after the shooting,
and were identified after police reviewed school sur-
veillance video. Police have yet to recover the weapon.
School officials and security officials initially iden-
tified a third student, 15, as a possible suspect.
"However investigators concluded that school
security officials had provided inaccurate information
to police concerning this young man, and he absolutely
did not have any involvement in this incident," police
said in one statement Saturday. "He was released
and absolutely cleared by investigators."
Teen charged as adult in Philly school shooting
President Barack Obama is expected to order the
National Security Agency (NSA) to stop storing
data from Americans phones, after a series of leaks
about intelligence operations.
Reports suggest Obama will ask Congress to arrange
how the data is stored, and how agencies can access
it. Obama is due to announce a number of changes
to the spying system.
Former intelligence worker Edward Snowden has
leaked an array of details about the NSA s spying
Snowden is wanted for espionage in the US and
now lives in exile in Russia.
The latest revelations claim that US agencies have
collected and stored almost 200 million text messages
every day across the globe.
While he initially defended US surveillance practices,
Obama said in August that the US "can and must
be more transparent" about its intelligence gather-
Obama is expected to leave the decision as to how
that is implemented to Congress and the intelligence
Another proposal likely to be approved is the cre-
ation of a public advocate position at the Foreign
Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), where gov-
ernment agencies request permission for mass spying
Currently, only the US government is represented
in front of FISC judges.
Obama is also expected to extend some privacy
protections for foreigners, increase oversight of how
the US monitors foreign leaders, and limit how long
some data can be stored.
But analysts say the proposals appear to be struc-
tured in terms of broad rules that do little to limit
White House spokesman Jay Carney said on Thurs-
day the aim was to make intelligence activities "more
He said this would "give the public more confidence
about the problems and the oversight of the pro-
Barack Obama 'to
end hoarding of
NSA phone data'
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