Student shot at Atlanta school; fellow student in custody
A police tactical team takes up a position at Price Middle School in Atlanta, where a student was shot Thursday.
January 31st, 2013
04:54 PM ET

Student shot at Atlanta school; fellow student in custody

[Update 4:54 p.m. ET] Families are having joyful reunions as students pour out of four buses that have delivered them from Price Middle School in Atlanta, where a student was shot and wounded Thursday afternoon.

[Update 4:45 p.m. ET] Students are being loaded onto buses for transport home or to a nearby church where parents have assembled to wait for their children.

Police detectives are interviewing the victim in the hospital, his mother told CNN affiliate WSB-TV. He knows the assailant, who the mother said was "talking smack" to her son before pulling out a gun and firing, the station said.

[Update 4:20 p.m. ET] Atlanta Public Schools confirmed both the victim and the suspect are students at Price Middle School.

[Update 4:16 p.m. ET] Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed issued the following statement:

"Gun violence in and around our schools is simply unconscionable and must end. Too many young people are being harmed, and too many families are suffering from unimaginable and unnecessary grief. I pray that the student who was shot today at Price Middle School in southwest Atlanta recovers quickly and can return home to family and friends. A suspect has been taken into custody. I would also like the students, faculty and families of the Price Middle School community to know that they have the full support of the City of Atlanta as they heal from today's terrible incident. The city's Employee Assistance Program counselors are already at the school providing guidance for students, faculty and family members."

[Update 4:07 p.m. ET] The mother of the student wounded Thursday at Price Middle School in Atlanta told CNN affiliate WSB that her son was struck in the head by a bullet which exited. She confirmed the 14-year-old was conscious and alert.

A large crowd of parents has gathered near the school waiting for the lockdown to end and students to be released, WSB reported.

Atlanta Public Schools scheduled a news conference for 4 p.m.

[Original post] A student was shot Thursday afternoon at a middle school in Atlanta, Georgia, police say.

Police found a wounded student outside Price Middle School after responding to a shooting call shortly before 2 p.m., police said.

"The student has been transported alert, conscious and breathing to Grady hospital," police said.

The 14-year-old male victim was shot in the head, CNN affiliate WSB-TV reported.

A suspect, believed to be another student, was taken into custody. The school was locked down but all other students are safe, police said.

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  1. Sara

    CNN, will you put a counting timer on your home page which tracks the number of gun violence victims so we can let world see the reality of gun violence in America by the second?

    Also, for those of you who are touting your second amendment rights? Please Read Below:

    DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE:
    We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

    Look at LIFE as the key word here. Unfortunately the 2nd Amendment has come to infringe upon too many lives. Our right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is the foundation of this country and these unalienable Rights are slowly disappearing.

    Change is in order, we have a responsibility to our children and future generations.

    January 31, 2013 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • tonyh110

      can we have counters for children who die from abuse, drunk drivers etc. too

      January 31, 2013 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • eye of truth

      This hasnt been upheld in a very long time. Simply telling someone who they can and cant marry in their own pursute of happiness proves this. That declaration no longer holds true sadly.

      January 31, 2013 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Tapart

      We should just ban guns right? Just like the UK who has had handgun crime double since their ban. Great idea

      January 31, 2013 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      Only if you also cite location and race. The guy they hauled away had his britches down below his butt gangsta style. Sounds like a poverty interracial crime epidemic were facing in other cities like Chicago, just in Atlanta this time.

      January 31, 2013 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel C

      Please explain how your OPINION and INTERPRETATION suddenly become fact in this real world, and somehow invalidates the OPINION or INTERPRETATION of any of the rest of us.

      Take your Nanny State mentality and sit on it, please.

      January 31, 2013 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • B nutty

      Sara – Look at LIBERTY and see how the second ammendment assists us in keeping us safe in many other situations. There are two sides to every arguement, you should read text book and get educated instead of acting like a tool. Bad stuff happens no matter how many laws exist, come back to reality please, thnx.

      January 31, 2013 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sara

      Hey B nutty,

      Your name says it all. I am extremely well educated and have lived abroad for many years. Thus I can offer a European and American perspective. I don't believe in eliminating our right to bear arms, buy a hand gun if you think it makes you feel like more of a man, but the reality is, the automatic weapons which are designed for mass casualty are not necessary for protection. Please, take me on, I'll be happy to debate with you. Come back to reality? I live it.

      January 31, 2013 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  2. michael

    The NRA is dying just like the GOP

    January 31, 2013 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fred

      Yea right, it's funny we never had this many shootings with the past presidents.

      January 31, 2013 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Julio Mickel

      Last time I checked they have taken on over 400,000 members over the last two months, myself included. Welcome to the real world buddy

      January 31, 2013 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  3. hot lead

    Another one bites the dust.guys have ever heard of this two words_'collateral damage'.

    January 31, 2013 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Tapart

      The kid is alive and stable

      January 31, 2013 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Bob

    I see some more Obama supporters are out shooting again. Weird all all of this keeps happening recently... shoots here and there, accidents at gun shows... yah weird..

    January 31, 2013 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • emtjim

      Are you freaking kidding!!!! You left out that Castro shot JFK, the moon landings never took place and Elvis is alive in South America and is keeping Bees. Really?

      January 31, 2013 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • I'm 45 and live with my parents

      That's funny stuff Bob.

      January 31, 2013 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. BCWNYC

    As former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords said yesterday – "Too many children are dying. Too many children. We must do something," and she also mentioned that "It will be hard, but the time is now." How many more parents have to loss their children to gun violence before we finally act to ensure all gun sell has to have universal background check? This is not "THE" solution of this complex problem; but this is a first step towards a safer and realistic law of all. Every week, children were wounded or killed by guns, NRA has blood on their hands. Please stand up to support universal background check in all kind of gun sell.

    January 31, 2013 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • wahoo69

      The NRA is now representing Bloot's, Crips and MS-13? Wow! They are really diversifying!!!

      January 31, 2013 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel C

      Please explain how background checks would keep a middle school student from obtaining a firearm by direct result, since a 14-year old is already prohibited by law from purchasing a handgun.

      January 31, 2013 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  6. GIUK

    Along with reading, writing, and arithmetic we should teach infantry tactics to our kids in school. Things like taking cover and concealment while under fire, how to dig a proper fox hole. Field medical aid for gunshot victims. Stuff our kids can actually use in everyday life in America.

    January 31, 2013 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Julio Mickel

      That's stuff that I HIGHLY recommend all people should know

      January 31, 2013 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  7. hot lead

    I was born with 2nd amendment tatoo'd on my ass,wanna see it?

    January 31, 2013 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Josh

    I think that the owner of the gun should be held responsible for not having the weapon locked up properly. They should get the strictest of penalties. Hell they should even share part of the (attempted)murder charges. That should make them more responsible when leaving children around weapons that are intended to kill. I keep my hand gun with a trigger lock inside of a locked gun case. Sure I may be in trouble if I'm suprised at night, but at least the box can make a handy weapon until I can unlock it.

    January 31, 2013 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  9. PushingBack

    The NRA can cry all they want but it seems to me that this problem will eventually solve itself as more and more people get fed up from hearing this type of news.

    January 31, 2013 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lanfear

      We have citizens will all of those problems listed up here in Canada. Yet, they don't try to solve their issues with mass shootings. Since "criminals will access guns either way"... why don't they use guns for their outlet, as so many Americans do?
      Could it be that they are harder to access and require screening? Or maybe they're just smarter? The point is, you have a problem down there.

      January 31, 2013 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  10. lewtwo

    odds are that this will be another bullying retaliation. perhaps the problem is bullying ?

    January 31, 2013 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  11. hot lead

    @chirag,and who died for his sins?

    January 31, 2013 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  12. LizzyV

    Haha.
    You're not far off.
    No joke.
    There're more guns out there than you think.

    January 31, 2013 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  13. David

    Where is the media giving public announcements about making sure you guns are locked up and safe. They seem to like to sway our minds on other topics. People really need to know where there guns are @ all times (locked in a safe) I am tired of seeing young adults and teenagers getting their parents weapons. We have the right to bear arms (A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.) but do we have the right to be unaccountable for our actions?

    January 31, 2013 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  14. JDinHouston

    Another victory for the NRA – another child dead. The NRA must be very proud.

    January 31, 2013 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Lanfear

    Does it really matter who's "fault" it is? The point is that, USA has an issue with gun crime. Blame the parents, blame whoever - that does not stop all the killing. Maybe move past blame and implement something that might actually control this issue. Your citizens are not getting any smarter with guns. If you can't treat a gun like the deadly weapon it is, you don't deserve to have one.

    January 31, 2013 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lanfear

      And I don't want to hear about "criminals" who can access guns either way. I am talking about ordinary citizens, and children - like the shooter in this story, with no criminal background. Why on earth would you allow someone to own a gun before they can even prove themselves capable???... well that's your problem right there. Hope it's worth your "rights".

      January 31, 2013 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brandon Donavan

      OMG you are so right and while we are at it, let's ban cars since more people drink and drive and continue killing innocent people with their 3000 lb speeding bullets. Let's outlaw Swimming Pools since they kill more kids than guns do.

      You can not and will not ever criminalize and punish law abiding citizens and strip us of our rights for the actions of a Lunatic. Even if you take away guns, there will still be lunatics with other weapons and then law abiding people have no defense.

      January 31, 2013 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lanfear

      Driving a car requires a license, so why can't guns? and swimming pools cannot be used as weapons, this argument has nothing to do with accidental drownings and if you are resorting to comparing gun crimes to such a thing... you must really be grasping at straws.
      You think that requiring a license for the use of a deadly weapon is the same as being criminalized? At least if some lunatic uses a knife on me, I have a better chance of survival, and of defending myself for that matter.
      You sound like you are still in high school... grow up a little bit and gain some life experience... then try again.

      January 31, 2013 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lanfear

      Oh and Brandon, when you do grow up, and have children; when one of them gets shot and killed by some mentally ill person who was allowed to walk into wal-mart and buy a gun... just make sure you thank God for your right to bear arms. Worth it, right?

      January 31, 2013 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
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