Shooting near Benton Harbor High School prompts district to close for the day

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Benton Harbor police are looking into a shooting that ended up closing Benton Harbor Area Schools Friday.

The district CEO sent a message to parents informing them of the decision not long before classes were going to begin for the day.

WSBT 22 spoke to the superintendent who's out of the district Friday. He says the shooting happened “in close proximity” to the high school building.

No students were injured, but a relative of a student was injured.

He consulted with school security and the sheriff, and together they decided closing the school district Friday would be the safest approach.

They did not say what the lingering concern was. WSBT 22 is working right now to get additional information about this shooting and its impact.

The district posted a message from Dr. Robert Herrera, superintendent and CEO, on their Facebook page which states:

This morning I was informed of a shooting that occurred in the Benton Harbor community last night. The individual injured was not a student. The victim was, however, related to a student.

Due to the fact, this event was in close proximity of our schools, and we are uncertain of the persons involved, we believe it is in the best interests of our students to close school today to ensure their safety. We will keep you informed of any updates as they are received by us.

The Benton Harbor Department of Public Safety released a press release about a shooting just after midnight Thursday. Officials say this was in the 300 block of Colby Avenue in Benton Harbor.

They say shots were fire in the direction of a home and a 60-year-old man was shot inside the home. The man was taken to the hospital and is now in stable condition. The Benton Harbor Department of Public Safety says this shooting may be gang related and is still under investigation. If you have any information, please call the BHDPS Detective Tip Line at (269) 934-0293.