Leroy Lawrence. (Credit: Screengrab via Facebook)

A high school student who was shot and killed last week was an innocent bystander, according to the latest information from Anchorage Police.

Last Friday afternoon, 17-year-old Leroy Lawrence, an East High School student, was shot in the head in the 400 block of Irwin Street; he was taken to the hospital where he later died as a result of his injuries sustained in the shooting.

Anchorage Police are now investigating Leroy’s death as a homicide.

A second bystander also suffered a non-life threatening gunshot wound to the leg; the adult male was transported to the hospital by private vehicle where he remains.

Witnesses told police there were many people in the area when shots began to ring out and that there was at least one vehicle involved. Witnesses also reported that neither Leroy nor the other unidentified man who was shot was involved in the altercation.

East High School posted the following comment on their Facebook page:

East High School tragically lost one of its students to a senseless act of violence. His friends and members of his East High Family spontaneously put up a makeshift memorial today in the commons. RIP Leroy Lawrence, your memory will be carried forward, by your EHS family. #LongLiveLeroy

Those who knew Leroy are invited to share their memories of him on a memorial page on Facebook. Monday night, blue and white balloons were released in his honor.

No arrests have been made in the case.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact police at 907-786-8900 or to submit an anonymous tip via Crime Stoppers at 907-561-7867.