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. Lucinda Lee

    Let's not even mentioning bullying. That seems to be the excuse-of-the-season for everything a "bullied" child does. Maybe those bullied kids need to learn some martial arts and take down the bullyers after school. That would fix a lot of stuff.

    On topic: clearly the shooter got the weaspon someplace and was not the owner. Duh. If the owner left the weapon unsecured then prosecute the owner. Duh.

    January 31, 2013 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • broom

      It sounds like your advocating violence and the perpetuation of the cycle of bullying Lucinda.

      January 31, 2013 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Bob

    You are living proof that even God makes mistakes... Go drink some more tea.

    January 31, 2013 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. coyote

    atlanta, people are shot here pretty much every night. – they are also dead in both rush hours on the highway daily here as well. – but reading about it in national news, that is new.

    January 31, 2013 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Getting Used to it?

    Just being sarcastic,ok?

    It's going to be news when a kid/teen/college student isn't shot for a week in school.

    January 31, 2013 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. empresstrudy

    Guns are a waste of time. If you're bullied, suicide bomb the whole school.

    January 31, 2013 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. pritka

    What kind of gun and who owned it? That is the issue.

    January 31, 2013 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. ronvan

    SURPRISE, SURPRISE: NOT!!! What is the difference between Afganistan & the U.S.A.? !. They have little "rights", have guns everywhere and like "blowing" people up & sometimes shooting men, women & children. 2. In the U.S.A. WE have "rights" coming out of our ears, have guns everywhere and WE "shoot" people & sometimes blow them up!WE are ALL at fault for loosing our common sense, being brainwashed by the NRA and other "money grabbing" groups, watching our 2nd amendment perverted, twisted & manipulated by those seeking more MONEY and could care less about the issues! Soooo, just like "those countries" we have and are fighting in today, just get used to the same kind of headlines!!

    January 31, 2013 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Daniel C

      Keep beating on that gun straw man! Obviously these guns are shooting kids all on their own with nobody in control of them.

      Great straw man. Horrible logic.

      January 31, 2013 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  8. wow

    i'd rather go to school in the middle east than ever have to go to school in america after hearing about all these shootings happening lately

    January 31, 2013 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Daniel C

      Really? You obviously have *no* idea what it's like to live under a fundamentalist, theocratic government.

      January 31, 2013 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  9. sevarai

    Those gun free zones are working really well.

    January 31, 2013 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Darkseider

    Ok great news victim is alive and doing well. Shooter was "talking smack". Sounds like a mental midget, whom happens to be just as mentally dysfunctional, broke the law and is now in custody. Only thing left is, real motive and where the gun was obtained. kthxbye.

    January 31, 2013 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. sevarai

    These gun free zones are working really well. We should just keep doing the same thing...

    January 31, 2013 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Whateva

    A story about T'eo is above this one. Why? Because it's a shooting in a school where the majority is black. If not for 2nd amendment fights that are happening, this would have been a non-story.

    January 31, 2013 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Erick

    I said it once.........I will say it again. Please have police officers patrol not only the grounds.......but also the hallways of the schools.....it would not only put the fear factor into people (the crazies), as well as have kids behalf a bit better; But also spead the word in town(s) that schools are being patrols.......Heck, they patrol the streets.

    January 31, 2013 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • libralee

      Yeah, "they patrol the streets". Just take a walk in downtown Atlanta ANY night of the week (if you dare) and see how great the street patrols are working.......

      February 1, 2013 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  14. Sara

    To Daniel C:

    How would you interpret it? Isn't it self explanatory? Where do you people live? Are you educated?

    January 31, 2013 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. jonat

    Gang bangers are getting younger and younger

    January 31, 2013 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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