Crime & Justice

10th grader shot near Santa Ana High School

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A teenage boy believed to be a 10th grade student was shot Friday afternoon near Santa Ana High School, about four blocks from campus.

The 16-year-old Hispanic boy was shot in the abdomen and was taken to Western Medical Center. He was initially reported to be in critical condition, but it's unclear whether his wounds are life-threatening, according to Orange County Fire Authority Battalion Chief Kris Concpcion.

According to Santa Ana police, the shooting happened round 3 p.m. just after classes ended at the nearby high school.

It was not immediately clear what motivated the shooting, but police were looking for a suspect, who was wearing a hoodie.

ABC7 reported the victim was a 16-year-old 10th grader who was walking with a friend when the suspect walked up from behind, came around front and opened fire. The suspect ran away.

The suspect was described as a 5-foot 7-inch Hispanic male, according to ABC7, with a thick build.

The victim doesn't appear to be a gang member, ABC7 reports.

This story has been updated.