San Francisco police say shooting outside high school that injured four was gang-related, targeted

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- San Francisco police say they are close to making arrests in a gang-related shooting that left four students injured outside June Jordan High School Tuesday afternoon.

They said the suspects are gang members and are emphasizing that this was a targeted, isolated event. However, parents were still on edge Wednesday after they dropped off their children in class.

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It has been all about nurturing the kids to make them feel safe and letting them express themselves.

Students have been using chalk to write messages on a sidewalk outside the school to express how they are feeling. The principal says they are committed to creating a strong sense of community.

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On Wednesday morning, students were greeted at their car by staff members and swiftly escorted in to classrooms as nervous parents watched them go. "My husband and I didn't want him coming today, we said maybe there are no classes, but he said he has a speech because he is good and that's why he is coming and I said 'be safe,"' parent Angelina Espinoza said.

"I am so sad and scared this school is number one for me, but now it is totally different. My son couldn't sleep at night, the principal selected a few students to speak to reporters about Tuesday's shootings on campus," parent Judith Chaparo said.

"We are very angry but we stand together in solidarity and we pray for the best," parent Meili Rubio said.

"I feel safe coming to school, this is a school I feel safe at and this is a school that represents being safe and being in a community," student Malayah Linton said.

The students are surrounded by support as several police officers continue to patrol around campus.

Extra counselors are on hand to talk to students and residents who burned medicine and held roses as they stood on the sidewalk. The principal wore a "Black Lives Matter" t-shirt to send a message.

"A lot of our young people internalize that their lives don't matter and that socialization leads to violence and in a way that is hurtful and we want them to remember that their lives matter," June Jordan High School Principal Jessica Huang said.
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