Critical incident counselors will be at Woodbridge Senior High School Wednesday to talk with students in wake of the fatal shooting that claimed the life of 16-year-old student Brenden Wilson, whose body was found on a path near the school late Monday afternoon.
Police on Tuesday morning said they are tracking down leads and no arrests had yet been made. The killers were described only as two black males and one white male – who witnesses said sped away from the area in a dark-colored pickup truck of unknown after shots rang out near Oakwood Drive just before 4:30 p.m.
Brenden Wilson was found fatally shot on a popular path, known as “the cut,” between Oakwood Drive and the school.
Prince William County schools spokesman Phil Kavits said police have assured school officials that no extra security measures will be required when students return to school Wednesday after the Veterans Day holiday.
“Obviously, this is something that is concerning and upsetting to everyone,” Kavits said of the fatal shooting, the first in recent memory to take place so close to school property.
“But there is no indication that this in any way poses a danger to other students or to the schools.”
Kavits said schools will remain “in constant contact” with police investigators about the shooting and will be ready to take extra precautions if necessary.
Meanwhile, Woodbridge Senior High School Principal David Huckestein is preparing to issue a letter about the incident to parents either later today or tomorrow, likely via email, Kavits said.
Attempts to reach Huckestein for comment today were not immediately successful.
Police released Wilson’s name late Monday and confirmed that he was a student at Woodbridge Senior High School. Kavits said he did not know Wilson’s grade level and had no other information to share about him Tuesday.
Police responded to a residential area near Oakwood Drive late Monday afternoon after residents there reported hearing several gunshots.
The shooting prompted Woodbridge Senior High and two nearby elementary schools – Old Bridge and Antietam – to take “secure the building” measures to ensure the safety of students participating in afterschool activities or school-age childcare programs, Kavits said.
Students were ushered inside school buildings when officials were made aware of the shooting, Kavits said.
But the incident did not require students to be held longer than usual, as police assured school officials it was safe to release students to parents and guardians as they normally would, Kavits said.