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. Leah

    Your comment is ignorant. Thanks, be blessed.

    January 31, 2013 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Barry G.

    I realize this will interfere with the enormous amounts of money being made by gun manufacturers, and that it will interfere with the money the gun lobby gives to our legislators–but this is why we need gun control.

    January 31, 2013 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. fucaduk

    Unconsciousable and must end...a whole lotta BS! Will happen again in ten places by this time tomorrow!

    January 31, 2013 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Brandon

    How could happen if this school is a gun free zone? *GASP* You mean people who want to commit murder are not going to obey a sign? OMG NO WAY!!!

    January 31, 2013 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Flupster

      It's the victim's fault–if he had been armed, he could have defended himself! Right?!?!?

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

    If this same kid was killed after school like so many other African youth each day we would never have even heard about this death.

    January 31, 2013 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Lavern

    It's delusional to relate the two.

    January 31, 2013 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. SGT J

    Wow, you're a fu ck ing Idiot!

    January 31, 2013 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Harry

    Not Atlanta! No way that would happen there!

    January 31, 2013 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Lavern

    That's a horrible thing to say.

    January 31, 2013 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Nick

    Sue them? I would love to know how this will benefit the victim.. Maybe cover medical expenses, but "sue their a$$ off"? Grow up.. I enjoy working for my money and I have no desire to take someone else'

    January 31, 2013 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. blarney

    a gun nut like you probably would shoot someone, literally, for stepping on your toe.....and that, sir, is the problem

    January 31, 2013 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Another Voice

    Ridiculous. Someone is "talking smack" so someone pulls a gun? How about talking back, or throwing a punch. The moron that decided to solve his problems with a gun has just thrown away his childhood. He is very lucky the other kid is alive or he would have thrown away his whole life.

    For what? Because someone said something he didn't like. That is pathetic.

    January 31, 2013 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Joe Tex

      The story says that the shooter was "talking smack" before pulling a gun an shooting.

      January 31, 2013 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Salad Spinner

      It doesn't matter who said what, a gun is not an acceptable means of setting anything.....unless you live in the woods and want to eat a squirrel.

      January 31, 2013 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Salad Spinner

      I forgot guns are also great for splitting watermelons apart and killing chickens.

      January 31, 2013 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Buckitall

      This is why we need to have serious discussions on gun control. There's too many people out there not in control of their emotions who can easily arm themselves and shoot you for nothing more than accidentally cutting them off in traffic, staring at them wrong, or calling them a name.

      January 31, 2013 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jimjam77887

      Your exactly right "another voice," but what do we expect when every show on TV shows exactly that! Every movie, every video game, the kids watch violence 24/7 and we are surprised when the act out what they have been raised on.

      January 31, 2013 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Tom

    The scary part is, many of the members of the NRA are mentally disturbed and they will shoot your if you try to take their guns away from them.

    January 31, 2013 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Joel

      Tom, it is far more likely that we "mentally disturbed" NRA members will help you with your spelling before we shoot you.

      January 31, 2013 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jimjam77887

      Tom, YOUR mental disturbed to think many members of the NRA are disturbed. Don't ever own a gun, you are not capable of handling the responsibility.

      January 31, 2013 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • No one

      Take something away? They'll shoot you if you took the wrong directions and pulled up to their driveway briefly, then started to drive away.

      January 31, 2013 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • broom

      Tom, you are correct sir. It's disturbing to say the least.

      January 31, 2013 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • broom

      Many of the rank and file members of the NRA are ignorant, uneducated and unstable pieces of white trash who swill down alcohol, smoke meth and should never be allowed to own a firearm in the first place because they simply aren't equipped mentally to handle it safely and responsibly.

      January 31, 2013 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Daniel C

    Blaming the guns is a great straw man for people who aren't willing to accept that they have been part of the problem in letting these issues in society get to the point they are.

    Taking away guns won't fix it, but it's a beautiful straw man.

    Removing high capacity magazines are a great straw man.

    It's high time many of you who want to point the finger at firearms as the culprit take a lesson in fallacious logic and stop denying there's a problem with you, your neighbors, or even your own precious little snowflake. Building a hundred straw men out of what you perceive as the "real" problem won't solve anything. Get real.

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

      yeah and guns dont kill kids, straw men do

      January 31, 2013 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel C

      I guess you'd feel better if kids were simply forming fight clubs after school to deal with their problems, then. Or maybe just beating each other with whatever they can get their hands on.

      Keep on whacking on that straw man and don't be surprised when nothing changes.

      January 31, 2013 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • broom

      Yes Daniel, human beings are violent by nature, that's exactly why stricter gun legislation is needed. We certainly cannot afford to do anything and just leave things as are with all of these guns in the hands of an innately violent people, especially when our culture glorifies and promotes violence. You only see one half of the point.

      January 31, 2013 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • blarney

      gun-nuts are as bad as children when it comes to listening, they are so up in arms about government proposals that they don't even get the point. noone ever said the government is trying to take away ALL guns, only assault style weapons and large capacity clips. Why would you need these? Your home is not going to be invaded by a task force, if your home is ever invaded, more than likely it will be by one or two people. If you are so obsessed with your firearms, you should be more than capable of defending your family with a shotgun or handgun, because you've been firearms training for years, right? So what's the problem? While any shooting death is a tragedy, it's not as much of a tragedy as a massacre, which is what happens with assault weapons and large capacity magazines. Why are people so crazy over guns anyway? I think it's a sign of mental issues to be so obsessed with guns that you feel the need to own 10 or 20 of them anyway, and to need the most destructive guns possible, it's ridiculous. A gun's only purpose is to injure or kill, so unless you plan on injuring and killing many people, why have so many guns, and assault weapons at that?

      January 31, 2013 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  15. noah

    MK-ULTRA. That was back in the 50s.
    Imagine what they have today.
    Anyways, conceal carry teachers and staff who pass qualifications at schools would do a great job at deterring school shootings.

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