Two Albany High School students were shot by two other other young men on the BART path near El Cerrito Library shortly before 2 p.m. today, Wednesday, according to El Cerrito police.
One victim was "seriously" injured while the other's injuries were "superficial," said Capt. Mike Regan. Paramedics were not sure how severely wounded the more seriously injured youth was, he said.
The shooting occurred on the BART path, also known as the Ohlone Greenway, between Stockton and Lincoln avenues. An officer at the scene placed the location about 100 yards south of Stockton, near where Eureka Avenue dead-ends at the greenway.
Fairmont Elementary School was locked down for 30 minutes and the high school for just over an hour, police said. Stockton Avenue also was closed for several hours at the BART path, and a long stretch of path was closed as well.
Read the message from Albany High School's principal about the shootings.
A parent of a student at Fairmont reported that her daughter was crying in fear after hearing the shots.
The two assailants in black hooded sweatshirts were both believed to have been shooters and escaped, fleeing east on foot on Stockton, police said. They were described as young African-American males in dark clothing, Regan said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact El Cerrito police at 510-237-3233.