Counselors on hand at Phoenix-area school day after shooting

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Glendale police were investigating a double shooting at Independence High School near Glendale, AZ. Friday.

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Social workers are offering counsel to students at a suburban Phoenix high school a day after two 15-year-old girls died in a murder-suicide shooting.

Officials at Independence High School in Glendale said counseling was being made available Saturday morning.

Glendale police say the bodies of two students were discovered Friday just before classes were supposed to start.

Investigators recovered a weapon and a suicide note at the shooting scene.

Police spokeswoman Tracey Breeden says the girls were close friends who also appeared to be in a relationship.

Police have not released the names of the students.

Police said nobody witnessed the shooting, but the incident initially caused widespread panic among parents who could not reach their children.

The school was on lockdown for several hours.