On Tuesday, Montgomery County officials announced that two teens who were students at Pottsgrove High School were fatally shot late Monday night in Montgomery County.
The Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin R. Steele said in a news release Tuesday morning that police in Pottstown responded to reports of a shooting at Fourth Street and Johnson Street around 11:30 p.m. and found the victims, ages 17 and 18, next to a vehicle one of the teens had been driving at the time.
No names were released for the victims.
A police investigation found 10 spent shell casings, a projectile, and a semiautomatic handgun with a mutilated serial number in the area.
In an email sent Tuesday night, Danielle Sabulsky, spokesperson for the Pottsgrove School District, confirmed the two victims were students at Pottsgrove High School.
“Due to the ongoing investigation, I am unable to release the names of the students involved at this time,” Sabulsky explained.
The district acknowledged the students’ deaths in a letter to parents on Tuesday.
According to the district, the school has implemented a crisis response plan to support staff and students who are grieving. As part of this plan, additional counselors are available to assist students.
According to the district, parents/guardians should also discuss death with their children because death affects everyone differently. Children’s reactions will be influenced by their relationship with the deceased, their age, and previous experiences with death.
The police are still seeking leads in the case and are asking anyone with information to come forward.