FREDERICK, Md. (WUSA9) -- Students at two Frederick Maryland area high schools say they fear gangs are to blame for a shooting outside Frederick High School late Wednesday that wounded two students.

At least one of the injured boys is a freshman student athlete at nearby Gov. Thomas Johnson High School, according to classmates.

Fellow students have taken to social media to express prayers and support for the two injured boys. WUSA9 does not name juvenile victims. One boy's mother declined to be interviewed but said her son was still hospitalized at Shock Trauma in Baltimore as of Thursday afternoon.

Thursday, Thomas Johnson High School was under heavy security with at least eight police vehicles parked around the building for the school session. School officials insist schools are safe.

The gangs suspected of being involved are known as the Pennsylvania Avenue Mob and the Carver Apartment Crew, according to students who claim gang activity is no secret in either school.

Police have made no arrests and have not recovered a weapon.

The shooting forced the closure of Frederick High School and neighboring West Frederick Middle School Thursday while detectives searched the area.

Police will be reviewing surveillance cameras posted inside and outside the schools. Frederick Police Captain Richard Hetherington says they are looking into reports that four men dressed in black walked into the gym and left just minutes before Wednesday night's shooting.

Dr. Theresa Alban, Superintendent and Brad Young, President Board of Education released a YouTube video Thursday about the shooting.


Anyone with information is asked to call the Frederick Police Department's Criminal Investigation Division at 301-600-6390. Anonymous tips can be relayed by calling 301-600-TIPS or by e-mailing