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. Sensible

    Lord help the children!

    January 31, 2013 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. TheMovieFan

    Another proud day for the NRA.

    January 31, 2013 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alex

      Yeah because it's their fault right Piers Morgan? The first blame shouldn't be the parents, right? Sheesh.

      January 31, 2013 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cindy

      The blame shouldn't be placed on the shooter either, right?

      January 31, 2013 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff s

      Another troll on the internet...yea!

      January 31, 2013 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      So this has nothing to do with the way kids are raised these days? Why is the NRA the scapegoat for the short comings of children not knowing the difference between right or wrong?

      January 31, 2013 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alex

      Wow, Cindy you have spoken like a parent who's kid is already in prison. If kids were capable of making good, intelligent, rational decisions all of the time we make the age of adulthood a lot lower. If you don't want to parent kids,
      don't have them. You liberals never want to take responsbility. Children are minors because they still need guidance.

      January 31, 2013 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fluffles21

      Alex..... Cindy was being sarcastic....

      January 31, 2013 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alex

      @Cindy. Stop eating twinkies and watching TV. Pay attentention to your kids, share your twinkie or better yet grab some carrot sticks and a treadmill. Ask your kids how school is going, how they feel about the other kids, don't let them play violent games, teach them to respect their fellow humans and ask them how they intend to make the world a better place. Be a parent and not an apologist for today's world. More laws equals ignorance to the real issues.

      January 31, 2013 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mxi

      There you go Alex. Liberals are twinkies eating lazy people and the conservatives are lean energetic people.

      January 31, 2013 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • budlydoright

      In Chicago schools that's considered extra-curricular activities.

      January 31, 2013 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Paulo

    If only this 14 year old was armed, he could have protected himself from the middle school criminal and the looming tyranny of the government.

    January 31, 2013 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • boltbacker

      You're a f'ing moron (of offense to morons).

      January 31, 2013 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • boltbacker

      Then again, I hope you were being sarcastic, then you're not such a moron.

      January 31, 2013 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jesus

      That there govrment comin for our guns!! They'll never get me or my sister/cousin/wife!

      January 31, 2013 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • gunhater

      LOL- Funny In that case we would kill ourselves off fairly quickly

      January 31, 2013 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • bam

      2nd amendment says nothing about age of the militia... he had every right to bear arms.
      the nra is pushing to create guns for eggs at inception

      January 31, 2013 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bryantwright

    Wow!!! Not Again.

    January 31, 2013 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Brendan

    Atlanta. This couldn't possibly be gang related.

    January 31, 2013 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bobby

    I'm sure it was nothing: Guns don't cause violence.

    January 31, 2013 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff s

      They sure don't. At least not on their own. I don't know if you know this but guns are inanimate objects. They do not have minds of their own. Don't act on their own. They are a tool like a hammer or car. They have to be used. So the more correct statement would be " a 14 year old caused violence by using a gun."

      January 31, 2013 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fluffles21

      They are a tool to kill. not to build or transport.

      January 31, 2013 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jesus

      Awww, Jeff, does that make you feel better? No, it wasn't your precious GUNS that did anything! Guns are innocent! They'd never hard a soul! Just because their ONLY purpose is to kill people, it does NOT mean that guns kill people! Infringe, right?

      January 31, 2013 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Rocket Sauce

    Is it just me or are we seeing an escalation in gun violence since Sandy Hook? It could be that the media is hyper-sensitve to any story relating to guns, but I would say the majority of these stories would have been breaking news 6, 12, 24 months ago.

    What is up?

    January 31, 2013 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jim Brody

    More collateral damage from the Second Amendment?

    January 31, 2013 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • disturbedneighbour

      it's disgusting how the US government puts politics, elections, etc before their own people...i'd hate to live in fear every day knowing my government does not do SH!T!!

      January 31, 2013 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • sybaris

      God doesn't care about the method, just the end result.

      January 31, 2013 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel C

      Show us all how in over 200 years the Second Amendment has done soooo much damage. But it's a beautiful straw man you and your ilk do create to ignore the underlying problem. Please, let's keep pretending it's not a people problem since people problems are hard to fix.

      But that's a really nice straw man you have in your argument.

      January 31, 2013 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • bam

      but I am 100% for the gop trying to destroy this country, first supporting 2 wars paid with tax cuts then when the bill for shock and awe comes demand it not be paid cuz obama obama... wah wah

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

    Now they need to arm all school children. If all kids were packing this could have been prevented.

    Note the sarcasm.

    January 31, 2013 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • bam

      required uniforms... Dragon Skin armor....

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

    It looks like from what I've read around the web, this was the result of a very heated argument. What that Argument is I do not know. The main fact is this wasn't a planned "Shoot everybody" thing. Which is good.

    So the questions are, What was the Argument, Why would this kid bring a gun to school, and How the hell did this kid get a gun?

    January 31, 2013 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      If a gun hadn't been readily available this argument wouldn't have led to a shooting. It used to be that arguments were settled with words or fists, in extreme cases with a baseball bat. Severe injury or death were generally not the outcome of an argument.

      January 31, 2013 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Logical

    This is getting to be too much! Children should not be scared to go to school for fear of being SHOT.

    The gun control conversation needs to be had and action taken swiftly!

    January 31, 2013 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff s

      No reason for kids to be scared of going to school. They are still more likely to be killed by a drunk driver than a gun in school. Just because the news runs stories about gun violence doesn't mean the threat is a big one.

      January 31, 2013 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jesus

      You're so right Jeff! In a classroom, at 1 in the afternoon, children are FAR morel likely to be killed by a drunk driver than a gun, knowing that, you know, a gun killed a kid in school. But hey, fake statistics work too, right jeff?

      January 31, 2013 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  12. James Chavez

    They should pass a law so children can't own guns. Oh wait there already is.

    January 31, 2013 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • bam

      2nd amendment says nothing about age.... who did this OABAMA!?!

      January 31, 2013 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  13. sybaris

    If not guns then God would use something else.

    January 31, 2013 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  14. christman

    I Pray to the lord that our government becomes sensible and lets us arm our children!

    January 31, 2013 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • True Christman

      Please capitalize Lord and not pray. Also, there is no Biblical justification for arming children.

      January 31, 2013 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Die in a fire

    You know, had this school been a gun-free zone, this would not have happened.

    January 31, 2013 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • sevarai

      These people that shoot up schools just can't read the signs that say no guns allowed. If they knew it was a gun free zone, I'm sure they'd obey and leave the guns at home.

      Because criminals follow the law. Ha!

      January 31, 2013 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
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