Teenage Boy Fatally Shot Outside Rhode Island High School Identified

Police say that 15-year-old William Parsons was an "innocent bystander" who was shot and killed following a fight near the school

The teenage boy who was killed Wednesday after being shot outside of a high school in Providence, Rhode Island has been identified.

William Parsons, 15, died from his injuries and was described by police as an "innocent bystander."

Parsons was shot around 2 p.m. after a fight broke out near the Providence Career and Technical Academy, Classical High School, and Central High School.

The teen was rushed to Hasbro Children’s Hospital, where he died

Police Chief Col. Hugh Clements says it appears two young men were walking together and there was an altercation before shots were fired. He says police are confident the gun, which was recovered, was never in a school.

Another teenager who went to the hospital with a non-life threatening gunshot wound is now considered a suspect and Clements says charges are expected Thursday. That teen's name hasn't been released, and police say the teen is not a student at any of the nearby high schools.

After the shooting, U.S. Senator Jack Reed issued a statement saying "there is too much gun violence.

"We must work together toward commonsense solutions to make our schools and communities safer. We can’t just give in to apathy or allow gun industry lobbyists to block progress or weaken public safety measures," Reed said.

Counseling was offered by the state and school to students and adults affected by the shooting.

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